It May Be Hard To See Genital Warts In Males

The virus HPV, a sexually transmitted disease, makes itself know by producing genital warts. These warts form around the area that is infected. This could be the penis, rectum, urethra or scrotum. You will know they are warts when you see a soft, raised area of skin. They don’t always look like the kind of warts you get on your fingers. Genital warts are often hard to see because they may be obscured by pubic hair.

The good news is that genital warts can be removed. There are a couple of good treatments endorsed by the American Academy of Physicians. The point of treating the warts is to make them go away, and to keep it from being passed on to someone else. Unfortunately, no treatment works every time. Your doctor can decide which method will work best by considering how many warts there are, where they are, and how big they are.

There are four techniques that usually do the trick. All four of these can be done right there in the doctor’s office.

Cyrotherapy: This means taking the warts off by freezing them with liquid nitrogen.

Trichloracetic acid, or TCA: This is a chemical that kills warts.

Electrocautery: With this method, a doctor uses an electrical current to burn them off.

Laser therapy: This is used only in severe cases because it is a pretty serious procedure and it is expensive. Here, a doctor uses a laser to kill the warts.

You can also get creams like imiquimod and podofilox which you can use at home. Every day, the cream must be applied to the affected area. These are prescription creams and you must use them over a certain period of time, often several weeks. This option is popular because it can be done at home.

Keep in mind that treating genital warts and making them go away does not cure you of the virus. If you have HPV, you may experience outbreaks throughout your lifetime. Also, it is dangerous because condoms do not always adequately protect your partner from getting the virus. HPV is spread through contact with the skin, so the only way to ensure that the disease does not spread is to keep your partner from touching the affected area.

There are home remedies that you can buy over the counter from a pharmacy, but doctors strongly warn against using these. These remedies use harsh chemicals which can cause skin irritation and discomfort in a very sensitive part of your body. There are lots of treatment options, so talk to your doctor about what they think is the best way. As HPV becomes more widespread, doctors are becoming more adept at dealing with it safely and effectively.