Diseases can be of several types—-some are due to malnutrition, some are microbial, some are infectious or birth defects, while some are sexually transmitted. One such sexually transmitted disease or STD is the development of genital warts in women which comes by the medical term of Condyloma acuminata. The cause behind the formation of these lumps is the microbial entity called Human Papilloma Virus or HPV. Any sort of sexual action-be it intercourse, anal, oral or any sort of physical contact involving genital area can create such lumps. The viral infection can lead to cause for cervical cancer in women.
Though there are several variants of the virus, all of which do not cause cancer. Still, it becomes almost imperative to be able to detect and comprehend as to what are the probable symptoms for these genital warts in women. The lesions may be skin colored or pinkish in appearance with raised or flat structure and possess rough texture. They may evolve on the labia or even inside the vaginal tract. At times they may surface in or around the anus. Many women affected by the HPV may not have lumps develop, but they are contagious. These lumps on the skin generally itch, burn or even cause gentle sensation in the genital area. Urination at times can cause pain.
Just diagnosis of the ailment is not enough. Proper medication and removal of the warts become of utmost importance. There are medicines and creams and other treatments available for wiping off the warts. But none of these guarantee permanent solutions as some tissues may still remain affected by the HPV. Gardasil® and Cervarix® are two vaccines that are available in the market that can be used to prevent certain types of the virus that create the genital warts in women.
Some of the medicinal techniques include applying creams or liquid gels on the warts by swabbing with cotton and washing it off after 6 to 10 hours. Podophylox and Podophylin are two ointments that are to be applied by the doctors only, though they are not used in pregnant women due to side effects. Imiquimod, interferon, bichloroacetic acid and trichloroacetic acid are few other solutions that trigger the depletion of the genital warts in women. Some other methods to remove the warts include surgical treatments, cryotherapy, electrocautery, excision and even laser operation. These are expensive and often painful. However, one must consult a doctor as soon as one detects the warts on one’s body for proper preventive measures.