Genital warts come from exposure to someone with the human papillomavirus (HPV). If you have sexual contact with an infected partner, you have about a 67 per cent chance of developing genital warts. The symptoms don't show up right away and take as long as nine months before they are visible. Genital wart removal by freezing is one method to treat the warts. There are others.
Look for small hard spots on the genital area within three weeks to three months after exposure. Sometimes they appear in groups and are large masses of lumps that resemble the look of cauliflower. Genital warts are painless but may cause itching. Most of the time, you can't tell if your partner has genital warts. The symptoms may not show up right away or will be minimal.
Get regular checkups at the doctor and investigate all symptoms. Even though you may not have genital warts, other sexually transmitted diseases may be present. Visit the doctor to have him run tests on any growths. Regular pap smears are important for women and your doctor may recommend a colposcopic exam, which magnifies the warts and makes them visible. The doctor may take a biopsy for a better diagnosis. These tests provide information that is not readily available on your inspection. If the doctor tests for genital warts and finds them, he'll recommend several possible courses of action. Other symptoms beside the growths are itching or pain and bleeding after intercourse.
Remove the warts one of four ways. Get a laser treatment. The laser often creates scarring, costs a lot and the plume from the burn might contain the virus and be infectious. Electrodessication uses electric currents to destroy the warts. Again, the plume created from the burn is contagious. Opt for surgery, which cuts out the genital warts. Or, use cryotherapy--genital wart removal by freezing. This is the most common method of genital wart treatment since it has high rates of success and few side effects.
Expect the use of liquid nitrogen when you have genital wart removal by freezing. You might recognise the substance as dry ice. The doctor sprays on the liquid nitrogen, allows the area to thaw and then refreezes it. The object is to kill the cells around the wart and the wart itself. A blister forms and when the area heals, the dead cells around the wart and the wart fall off.
Expect several treatments when you get genital wart removal by freezing. The wart might grow back, and since this doesn't kill the virus, but merely treats the symptoms, you might have a new outbreak near the same location. Cryotherapy is 70 per cent effective.
Avoid trying to remove the warts at home. Cryotherapy is safe for the doctor to perform but uses dangerous chemicals. Do not try it at home. When you use the services of a physician, he also looks for other potential risks. One of these is cancer. There is a close link between the human papillomavirus and cancer. Remember that genital warts flare up during pregnancy and often can pass to the infant as they exit through the birth canal. Get prenatal counselling on options if you're pregnant and have HPV.
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