Here’s What to Do if You Have Genital Warts

by Daniel / Jun 19, 2017 / 0 comments

Genital warts are small bumps that are difficult to find because they take on the color of the skin but if you look closely, they look like minute cauliflowers. They can be on or inside your genitals and can affect the entire genital area including the penis, scrotum. Vulva, cervix and the anus.

Genital warts are not painful but they are itchy and bleed once you scratch them. Many people ignore genital warts but you shouldn’t because they are a sign of a Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI).  

Checking for Genital Warts

The only symptom of genital warts is the presence of growths on the skin. The growths can be hard to trace especially on the genitals. You should consult your doctor if you suspect that you have genital warts.

Treating Genital Warts at Home

There is a way to get rid of genital warts without your doctor’s intervention, here’s how:

Treat Them Early

It is important to make sure that the warts don’t spread and grow. Spot them early by:

Men: Check the scrotum, thighs, penis and groin.

Women: Check around or inside the vulva and groin.

Avoid Any Sexual Contact

You can get warts from an infected person after any sexual contact. If you have oral sex with an infected person, the warts spread to the tongue, lips, palate and mouth, they can also spread to the throat.

Avoid Smoking

Warts are harder to control in people who smoke.

Stop Using Lotions

Lotions and creams that are sold by pharmacies to get rid of warts are meant for your hands not genital areas. If you want to treat warts at home, use podifilox cream. This cream should only be used externally.

Maintain a Healthy Immune System

Treatment such as podophyllin, cryotherapy and imiquimod cream work better if you have a healthy immune system.

When it comes to genital warts, prevention is better than cure. Stay protected.