Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Genital Warts Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
Genital warts are one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. If left untreated, women with these warts could eventually develop cervical cancer. These warts are often too small to see or in locations that make it impossible to detect, so those patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area who suspect they may have genital warts should contact Clear Lake Dermatology.
Some of the symptoms of genital warts include small areas of swollen tissues along with severe itching, burning, and tingling in the genitalia. Warts may sometimes be visible, and several of them might be close together in what appears to be a cauliflower shape.
Genital warts are usually spread through skin-to-skin contact. This occurs most frequently through vaginal, anal, or oral sexual encounters. Genital warts can still be spread if the warts are not visible during time of contact. Effective treatment seems to lower the chances of possibly passing the condition onto a partner.
Genital warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus, also known as HPV. HVP is not a singular virus but a large family of viruses with over 100 different strains. While more than 40 different HPV strains specifically affect the genital region, the most common strains found to cause genital warts are type 6 and type 11.
Genital Warts Treatment
Over-the-counter medications should not be used to remove genital warts, as the harsh chemicals contained in these substances could damage the sensitive tissue in the genital area. Our doctors can often prescribe medications that will effectively remove these lesions. If these medications prove ineffective, the patient may need to have genital warts surgically removed by cutting or freezing. During treatment for genital warts, patients should abstain from sexual activity to keep from spreading them to others.
Contracting genital warts can be embarrassing, so people who feel they may be infected with them sometimes do not seek medical attention. If you fear you may have genital warts, don’t let embarrassment stop you from getting help.