Genital warts are growths on the skin of the sex organs and possibly the anus. They are flesh-colored bumps that look like cauliflower. In women, the most common site is around the opening of the vagina. In men, the most common area is around the shaft or tip of the penis.
If you think you may have genital warts, or have been diagnosed with genital warts, don’t panic – genital warts can usually controlled with treatment, and you have some different options of how you want to treat them. If you think you have genital warts, it is important to seek treatment as soon as you can, and avoid sexual contact to avoid spreading the virus to your partner.
While the obvious symptoms of genital warts are the presence of the growths, many times, both men and women have no physical growths or obvious symptoms when they have genital warts. This means, that the virus can be spread between sexual partners even when neither of them exhibit any symptoms. Occasionally, there may be discomfort with intercourse, itching, burning for women with genital warts.
- Keep the area clean
- Wash your hands after touching genital area
- Avoid sexual contact
- Don’t scratch the area
- Apply cool compresses to relieve discomfort or Tylenol or ibuprofen for mild pain.
- Call the clinic if unexpected symptoms such as: fever 100.4 or greater, bleeding, odor, pain unrelieved with Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Once infected with the virus that causes genital warts, HPV, technically the genital warts could come back at any time, but they are often easily controlled with treatment.