Warts can feel like a real nuisance, and with 60% of the population eventually becoming infected with the virus that causes warts before the time they are 50 years old, it seems inevitable that a bout of genital warts will be experienced by most. They are ugly and sometimes sore too but, are now very preventable. For those of us who have missed out on the free vaccine, warts are treatable and condom use will help to minimize the risk of infection too! Basic treatments are free on the NHS and home treatments can also be obtained. People are really benefitting from topical treatments they can administer at home. It’s good to remember that you aren’t the only one and that warts are increasingly common. It’s just about management.
Cryotherapy is basically the freezing off of warts and is very successful. Similarly, they can be burned off via a method of electro cauterization. In some cases, lasers and surgery are a more successful option. The prevalence and recurrence of warts differs from person to person but in most cases they can be controlled and even completely got rid of. Topical treatments like Aldara, Warticon and Condyline are successful approaches to the eradication of warts but patience is required! These treatments take time to get working. Warticon and Conyline will get rid of the warts but Aldara is an immunomodulator and will help to boost the immune system to deal with the warts in addition. It’s a more expensive option but will give the body the best chance of getting rid of the warts in the long term.
You can wait until warts just go away of their own accord but this isn’t always a viable option for those who want to continue to engage in sexual activity, especially considering the warts can be pretty unsightly in cases. I suppose the main thing to consider is that, if you have a wart, you can pass a wart. If you get rid of warts then there is still the ethical issue of telling partners about the previous existence of a wart, indicating the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV). In saying that, the HPV virus is so common these days that contracting it at some stage is almost unavoidable. It’s really up to the individual whether or not they divulge to a new partner but it might be worth reading up on the HPV virus so you can make your own mind up. The body can get rid of this virus naturally and it is thought that this can happen within two years of infection so; the occurrence of warts isn’t forever.
On another positive note, sometimes what appear as genital warts are sometimes just skin tags which can be frozen off in the same way, via cryotherapy, and it does not suggest that the HPV virus is always present? This is why getting the growths examined is best. Getting a diagnosis before applying topical treatments that may not work is recommended. If however the growths turn out to be warts, getting rid of them this time might not be the end of them. The HPV which cases the warts in the first place may well be still in the system. The only way to get rid of HPV is to build the immune system, i.e., quit smoking, minimize alcohol intake, and get healthy so that the immune system can fight this really common virus.
Gardasil is a vaccine that protects against the strains of HPV that cause genital warts but also those that cause HPV related cancers such as cervical cancer. Strains 6, 11, 16 and 18 are targeted here and are at the moment is only administered to girls in secondary schools in order to prevent against infection. For those of us who have missed the boat here in terms of vaccine (it can only be administered pre-exposure to the virus), fear not. The virus and the symptomatic warts can be controlled and eventually eradicated; it’s just about finding the right approach for you.