Everything You Need to Know About Genital Warts Removal

There are around 130,000 genital warts cases per year treated in GUM clinics in England. These small fleshy lumps can be a menace, affecting your confidence in a major way. It is best to get them seen by a doctor immediately.

What are genital warts?

Genital warts are flesh-hued, small, pink, or brown swellings – an STI caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can occur from vaginal, anal, and sometimes even oral sex. Genital warts can cause itching, discomfort, and bleeding. Warts don’t cause cancer as they stem from a different strain of HPV to those which do.

Diagnosis of genital warts

If you believe you have genital warts, schedule an appointment at a GUM clinic or sexual health clinic. This can be done without being referred by a GP. Everything discussed is confidential, and the information won’t be sent to your GP without your permission. Clinics offer more specialist services for testing and treating STIs than a GP.

You will be asked about your symptoms and your recent sexual history. The genital area will then be examined. For women, the specialist will generally examine inside your vagina to see if any genital warts can be found. They will also examine your anus if you have any bleeding and discharge from there. Occasionally, a small tissue sample will be taken from the genital wart to be used as confirmation. Genital warts are often the sign that you have another STI, which is a good reason to have any available STI tests at the same time.

Genital Warts Treatment

Areas where genital warts appear

Men are prone to genital warts at the scrotum, penis, groin, and inside or outside of the anus, while women experience them on the inside and outside of the vagina, anus, and cervix.

Multiple treatments

Genital warts can either appear as a single lump or in a cluster and multiple areas. It is best to visit a doctor’s surgery or clinic if you suspect you have the symptoms. Depending on the size of warts, they can be treated with cryotherapy, advanced electrolysis, or laser treatment.

Symptoms

Symptoms include itching, slight pain or discomfort around the lesion or the area around. It can also result in pain in the pelvic area, a burning sensation while urinating, painful intercourse, heavy discharge, or discharge accompanied by a strong odour.

What are the causes of genital warts?

This virus is transferred through skin-to-skin contact. You can lower the risk of genital warts being passed on by wearing a condom, avoiding having sex when you have genital warts, and not sharing sex toys.

Treatment for genital warts

Treatments can remove visible genital warts but will probably not remove the HPV virus itself, although this will be naturally removed from your body over time.

Not everyone chooses to get genital warts removed, and a third of people find that they clear up on their own within half a year. Treatments don’t always work straight away and sometimes need to be repeated as they do not always remove the HPV virus. They will help your warts disappear at a faster rate and will lower the risk of you passing the virus on.

Types of treatment

This can depend on the size, location, and number of warts. The most common treatments include creams or ointments, cryotherapy, laser therapy, and heat treatment. Warts can also be cut out if they are sizeable or awkward to access locations. The HPV vaccine also prevents genital warts.

How to prevent recurring genital warts

Keep your immune system in good condition by eating well and exercising. It can also help if you stop smoking.

The final say

If you are also bothered by warts, tags, and lesions at your private parts, visit a specialist in your area. If you are in the UK, book your appointment with the Expert clinic. We have highly skilled professionals who will provide quick and pain-free results. At Expert, we offer confidential services from our state-of-the-art clinics.