If there’s one variety of wart that makes people uncomfortable just hearing about it, it’s genital warts. Otherwise known as venereal warts, they are caused by particularly aggressive strains of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Unlike most other warts, under rare circumstances, these can be detrimental to your health. In this third part of our condition highlights series, let’s help to keep you informed by exploring what genital warts really are and clarifying what the ideal treatment option is.
What Are Genital Warts?
Genital warts are among the most common forms of sexually transmitted infection in the world. They’re unsightly, highly contagious overgrowths on the skin consisting of fibers and can be found in certain private areas of the male and female body. Usually, they’re benign and completely safe, but sometimes, they can become cancerous, so it’s highly advised that you seek appropriate medical treatment immediately to reduce the risk.
Symptoms of Genital Warts
Genital warts, at least in the form of HPV present in the body, can sometimes be very difficult to spot. The physical warts themselves usually appear around 3 months after the infection occurs, but there’s a chance any symptoms might not appear for years. When visible, they appear as a cluster in flesh or gray color. They often resemble the shape of cauliflower when grouped together like this, though others may be too small to see with the naked eye. Speaking of which, the most common cause of genital warts is unprotected sex, so be sure to seriously consider having sufficient protection to avoid contracting HPV as best as possible. Even with protection, there’s a chance of developing genital warts from an infected partner, but it’s rarer.
Stay Safe, Confident, and Comfortable with the Right Treatment
Many genital warts respond well to topical creams and other treatments, but by far, the most effective way to eliminate them without spreading the highly infectious HPV strain associated with them is with the Swift system. This is a specialized microwave energy therapy applicator with a disposable, single-use tip that heats the dermis in an affected area, alerting the immune system to the presence of infected cells. Over as little as a few short treatments without any downtime or unwanted side-effects, you can get back to a healthy everyday life with full knowledge that your genital warts are long gone!
Want to learn more about the dangers of genital warts and the benefits of choosing Swift? Contact your healthcare practitioner or use our handy clinic locator tool to find a facility that offers this proven, completely safe and highly effective treatment solution.