HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) and Genital Warts Symptoms and Treatment

by Rachel on October 30, 2010

Genital warts are transmitted from an infected partner during sexual contacts; if genital warts are not treated early it could become life threatening. Genital warts occur in people between the age group of 17 and 40; also persons who are sexually active are easily prone to this disease. More than 20% of the people who are infected with it have the symptoms of STD (sexually transmitted disease). It leads to cervical cancer if not detected and treated at the earliest.Human Papilloma Virus is also one of the key factors that stimulate the growth of genital warts. Few of other causes of genital warts are multiple sex partners, regular use of birth control pills, indulging in sex at an early stage, etc. Signs of genital warts are not known immediately to the infected victim, it takes more than nine months for the virus to incubate.Symptoms are rarely noticeable at an early stage, but with the progression of disease symptoms become clearly visible. Once a victim is exposed to virus, small fleshy soft tissues arise in the genital area and it is painless and hardly noticed by the patient. They are diagnosed through colposcopy, small cauliflower shaped tissues can be found while examination. Biopsy of the vaginal tissue and testing out for HPV genetic material helps to rule out the infection in patients. Also it can be detected at home with acetic acid (vinegar), swabbing the penis or cervix with vinegar swab makes HPV affected area to appear whitish.Symptoms are (a)Small lump tissues, painless but are itchier in nature.(b)It forms as swollen muscles in the form of cauliflower when warts join together.(c) Snowy discharge from genital organs.(d) Swollen bumps that discharges and bleed.(e) Mild fever accompanied with nausea or vomiting.(f) Incontinence or burning sensation while passing urine.(g) Sore throat or runny noseThere are some specific signs of disease such as genital warts (soft raised tissues) in penis, anus and in scrotum of men. In females it usually occurs in moist areas especially the labia minora, labia majora, vaginal area and cervix. Few infected women experience bleeding after intercourse or have occasional vaginal discharge.Disease can spread even if one of the partners is infected with genital warts (i.e.) either male or female.There are so many drugs and medications to treat it, but most drugs cause unwanted damage rather than good. Adverse effects outweigh the goodness produced during treatment. But still there are few drugs that can produce healing effects and cure the disease without producing any side effects. So choose the drug carefully so that one infected with it can get healed safely without facing any unwanted effects.

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