Genital Warts Removal
About Genital Warts
Genital warts are both unaesthetic and highly problematic skin conditions, affecting men and women due to their high degree of contagiousness. Genital warts are viral infections that are usually contracted through sexual intercourse.
They commonly occur in younger people, but no age group is spared. Genital warts are small, flesh-colored or gray growths that appear in the genital and anal area, can be asymptomatic, but most people experience itching or burning sensations, or even bleeding during intercourse.
These unsightly genital warts may be located anywhere in the genital area or perianal area including the mucosal surfaces. The colour of these may vary from pink papules to whitish or fleshy-coloured growths. Genital warts symptoms: Genital warts generally do not produce any symptoms as such but it can be painful, itchy and friable. The genital warts are caused by the HPV or Human Papillomavirus and are the most common sexually-transmitted diseases caused by it.
Frequently Asked Questions
These genital warts appear as verrucous fleshy cauliflower growths which may be single or may appear in clusters. Sometimes they may coalesce or blend to form raised plaques. The individual lesions size may vary from a few millimetres to several centimetres.
The Genital warts are also produced by HPV viruses but only HPV type 6 and 11 will produce genital warts. These often occur as a result of sexual intercourse with someone who has genital warts. Nonetheless, these warts are non-cancerous except the ones which occur on the cervix of the womb.
They generally do not cause any symptoms of pain except when they are present in the weight-bearing area of the sole of the foot where sometimes they are called verruca or plantar warts. These verrucae typically become painful when they become bigger with time.
In men, genital warts can affect the urethra, penis, scrotum and rectal area, appearing as soft, raised growths that have a smooth or rough surface, but can also be flat with slight elevation above the skin surface.
In women, genital warts have similar characteristics in terms of appearance and generally appear in the areas of the labia minora and vaginal opening. The difference between genital warts in men and women is that in the latter’s case, the HPV can cause alterations within the cervix and trigger in some rare cases, cervical cancer, thus their removal becomes mandatory.
There are HPV vaccines available free from the NHS for girls from the age of 12 to 18 yrs. Vaccinating girls also protects boys from getting genital cancers and genital warts to some extent indirectly through herd immunity. This vaccine to girls protects them from cervical cancer in the future. This vaccination can also prevent some genital warts as may any barrier contraception such as condoms.
Across the UK there are many GU or GUM clinics that offer a free assessment and sexual health screening tests for those who may have concerns about such genital infections. At these centres, the genital warts men treatment options include the application of topical creams such as podophyllin, TCA, Imiquimod and liquid nitrogen therapy and these are generally painful and also one may need to have series such treatments to notice the visible improvement
At Renew Skin and Health Clinic in Leamington Spa, we advise you to undergo full sexual health screening tests at your local GUM/GU clinic before contacting us as we do not offer this at our clinic. Once you have been screened then you may contact us on our clinics Whatsapp: +44 01926 422 454