If you’ve noticed small, painless fleshy lumps which have a texture like cauliflower in your lower region, you probably have genital warts. Human papillomavirus or HPV causes them, and they are transmitted via unprotected sex, vaginal, oral or anal. This poses a question: can you get rid of genital warts?
How long do genital warts last?
Since genital warts are caused by HPV, which cannot be removed from the body, they can be visible from around six months to a few years, depending on the treatment or the lack of one. Treating genital warts is the best way to get them removed in the shortest period, as leaving them uncured can cause them to spread.
Are genital warts curable?
Genital warts are treatable in many ways, but that doesn’t guarantee that they will not reappear. The cause for this is HPV and because of it, it’s possible to treat genital warts and remove them, but they cannot be cured.
How to remove genital warts?
The HPV cannot be completely expelled by the body, so genital warts never actually go away. They can be treated, but with time can reappear, since the virus is still in the organism.
Genital warts can easily be diagnosed just by looking at the lower area because they’re visible. If they are internally growing, the doctor will check your stream of urine or bleeding and itching that can usually be caused by genital warts.
Genital warts treatment
If you get the genital warts diagnosis, you can treat them in a number of ways:
There are gels and creams that are used as medicaments for genital warts, which should be used multiple times weekly up until warts disappear. Some of the popular ones are Warticon, Aldara and Condyline. These and other medications for genital warts can be purchased online at Tru Medical and a prescription is not needed.
Another method for removing genital warts if they don’t go away from cremes and gels is a freezing procedure. A qualified nurse or a physician can do it in a clinic for sexual health. This type of treatment lasts around 4 weeks and it’s done once weekly.
If warts on your skin don’t respond to previous treatments, the last option is surgical removal. This includes burning, lasering or cutting methods and skin can easily get irritated or scarred.
Some of the more-or-less successful treatments that don’t require medicine are extracts of garlic and green tea, as well as oil from a tea tree. However, we recommend a medical approach since it’s proven to be the most effective.
What happens if genital warts are left untreated?
If left without treatment, genital warts can spread all over the genital area, but they won’t cause any complications. They will usually disappear on their own in around a year or they might stay the same. Having them in lesser or larger quantities doesn’t change the risk of transmitting the HPV to your partner if you have unprotected sex.
What should you abstain from while having genital warts?
Even though they’re harmless and don’t cause any major issues to those who have genital warts, it’s better to get treatment for them.
When you suffer from genital warts, you shouldn’t treat them using solutions for other types of warts. Medications like Bazuka are designed for treating warts on other parts of the body and because of that can cause pain or irritation if you use it on your genital area.
You should also abstain from intercourse, as genital warts are a sexually transmitted disease. Not even condoms are safe enough when it comes to them. It’s recommended to not have any type of sexual contact until they clear up.