Genital Warts

Symptoms of Genital Warts

The symptoms of genital warts may take two to three weeks or sometimes a few months to manifest. Genital warts often cause no symptoms or are overlooked because they are so small in appearance. There are a variety of wart appearances, ranging from being entirely flat warts to irregular cauliflower-like warts. They may be flesh-colored or grayish in appearance and they can occur in isolation or in groups. Although genital warts are painless, they may be itchy or cause complications because of their location and size. Pregnancy may sometimes prompt a latent infection or an active infection may worsen during pregnancy. Individuals may also notice bleeding during sexual intercourse.

Natural Cures

Genital warts are painfully embarrassing and what compounds the awkwardness is going to the pharmacy to buy an over-the-counter product to treat them. Perhaps this is why so many sufferers are searching for a more private way to cure genital warts! However, some experts believe that there is no natural product that can cure genital warts completely. In any case, a few of these natural cures may help to alleviate the symptoms of genital warts and possibly help to cure them:

Take oatmeal baths to alleviate the itchiness that is caused by genital warts.
Apply vitamin E oil onto the infected skin.
Garlic is renowned for its antimicrobial properties. Apply raw garlic onto the warts, cover it with a bandage, and leave it on for an entire day. Replace the garlic clove and repeat the same process on the following day. Continue this process for a couple of days to heal the warts.
Apply apple cider vinegar onto the affected area with a cotton ball.
Include foods that are rich in folic acid and beta-carotene into your daily diet.
Do not try to pick or tweeze the warts because they may bleed and the condition may aggravate.

Lifestyle and Genital Warts

It is important to moniter the spread of HPV, which causes genital warts, because there is no actual cure for this condition. Always consult your doctor if you notice any unusual formation or discharge in the genital area. Here are a few suggestions for dealing with genital warts:

Gardasil, a new vaccine that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June 2006, offers protection from most types of HPV. However, it will not provide total immunity against genital warts or cervical cancer. Ideally, it should be administered to women before they become sexually active.
Never have unprotected sexual intercourse. Birth control pills do not protect against sexual transmitted diseases. Use a condom to diminish the risk of contracting HPV.
Avoid indulging in sexual intercourse with multiple partners. Choose a monogamous partner because this will remarkabley reduce the chances of being exposed to HPV.
Avoid sexual intercourse with someone if you are not aware of his or her past medical and sexual history.
If the warts appear on your or your partner’s genital area, refrain from sexual contact, including oral sex, until the warts are treated.
If you or your partner becomes infected with genital warts after sexual intercourse, ensure that whoever is the healthy partner is screened for infection and, if necessary, receives proper treatment.

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