In many cases the warts of the genitals are tiny deformed growths on the skin that develop in human genitalia. Both males and females can catch these gray skin lesions, but more commonly the latter. They are an extremely contagious STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease). The virus that causes these warts is termed as the human papillomavirus, popularly abbreviated as HPV.
For men, the genital parts that risk catching this infection are the inner thighs, the shaft of the penis, anus, urethra and scrotum. Warts can also appear on the mouth parts after direct contact during oral sex. Research has shown that roughly 1% of sexually active men in the US have genital warts at a certain point in time.
Signs and symptoms of venereal warts
The warts are irritating and itchy on the skin surface. However, genital warts are rarely painful. The infected may not feel any pain but will experience slight irritations of the bumps that arise.
These warts vary in shape and size depending on the location of the infection. On the anal tract, the projections are finger-like while on the penis they are multiples of small lumps. They may be flesh-colored, pink or yellow but the colors may vary according to the duration of infection.
The HPV warts do not burst open as they contain no fluid in them. Care should be taken to differentiate genital warts from the likes of genital herpes whose blisters are sore and fluid-filled before rupturing.
Pain during intercourse may be as a result of the friction between the lesions.
Treatment of HPV warts
In many instances, the warts if left to go untreated may disappear with time, increase in size or number. There is no proven cure for HPV, just procedures to ameliorate the condition.
Some patients apply mildly concentrated acetic acid(vinegar) to the warts which turn them to white in color. This is the whitening procedure. This is because they are easily visible. This process is scientifically called colposcopy and is performed by gynecologists at a more advanced level with more tests for proper verification.
Benefits of using whitening
So many benefits come with the using of whitening in the treatment of HPV warts. Some of them include washing away of the mucus that covers the warts. With continued use of the acetic acid on the warts, they disappear over time. Whitening is a simple way to treat the HPV warts at home.
Consistency is key, but precautions should be taken to avoid further warts. Patients should see a specialist in case the condition worsens. The genital area is high in sensitivity and care should be taken not to mess the balance.