Stay with us, and you will read about the causes and the symptoms of the genital warts, some natural or conventional remedies, and at the end you will be able to choose what type of genital warts treatment you would go for.
Genital Warts Causes and Symptoms
A genital wart is a skin infection, and it usually appears in the genital or anal area of the body. Genital warts are caused by the papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually transmitted infection. They are highly contagious and as mentioned before, they are passed through sexual contact with an infected person. Usually, genital warts will appear in approximately three months after the contact, however, in some cases there may be no symptoms for years.
They are soft growths on the skin, and may resemble a cauliflower. If they remain untreated, they may increase in size, or may disappear by time.
In males, genital warts may appear
- on the penis
- inside/around the penis
- on the scrotum
While in females, they may appear
- on the inside/outside of the vagina
- on the cervix
Females dealing with genital warts are exposed to developing cancer, although there may be other factors that could increase the risk, such as smoking, excessive contraceptive use, or having a weakened immune system. What with the risks they are exposed to, people dealing with this infection should take into consideration what type of genital warts treatment is best for them.
Surgical removal – The easiest way to removing genital warts is by surgery, where the visible warts on the genital area are excised with a surgical knife or laser, while the warts on the cervix may only be removed by laser. This is not the most convincing way to get rid of the warts, because there is no guarantee that the infection is completely gone, and they may appear again after a few months.
Medication – For a non-surgical genital warts removal, a visit to the doctor is what you need, as he will prescribe you a suitable treatment, depending on your condition. You will probably be given special creams or gels that have to be applied locally, while taking oral medication.
Herbalism – If you are not keen on conventional medicine, then the natural remedies are for you. Considering that papilloma virus infection attacks your immune system, the proper way to fight the virus is to strengthen your immune system. How can you do that through herbs? From ancient times, herbs have been known to cure many diseases, when back then there were not any kind of drugs.
Take into consideration Echinacea, which is an herb long-known to enhance the immune system. It can be taken as a tea, tincture or capsule. Echinacea is known to help the body increase in the production of certain white blood cells that will help destroy the virus.
Vinegar – Another genital warts treatment, as a homeopathic at-home alternative, is apple cider vinegar. It can be applied locally, and you can start by tearing a little piece of a cotton ball, soaking it in vinegar, and then put it on the warts (you can cover it with a Band-Aid). If it feels too itchy, you can soak the piece of the cotton ball in a little bit of water as well. You can leave it overnight, but the most effective way is to repeat the procedure 3-4 times a day, for about 4 hours, with a 30 minutes interval in-between.
Consider these tips and talk to a specialist before choosing your genital warts treatment.