Dealing with Penile Warts
Warts are usually hard, rough lumps with cauliflower-like texture that grow typically on the hands and feet or in some parts of the skin. This skin condition is caused by certain viruses’ infection. In some rare cases warts may also grow on the conjunctiva of the eyes, the delicate membrane lining of the eyelids which covers the eyeball. Genital, venereal or penile warts are pointed papilloma, a benign tumor which is derived from the epithelium. These genital or venereal warts are found on the skin or the mucous membranes of the external genitalia or the anus and caused by a sexually transmitted virus. It is also called verruca acuminata, moist wart, fig wart, pointed wart and condyloma acuminatum.
Humans are infected of about 100 types of papillomaviruses or HPV and forty types of these papillomaviruses may cause infection to the anogenital tract which is the anus and the genital tract. Both men and women may be affected of venereal warts or condylomata acuminata. This condition may lead to precancerous changes and have been linked to be the cause of cervix cancer in most women and penile cancer in most men. Papillomaviruses infection and genital warts are primarily transmitted by sexual intercourse and potential risks of infection may increase with multiple sexual partners.
The common symptoms of penile warts are number of warts on the head or shaft of the penis, also a feeling of burning, pain and itching especially during sexual intercourse. The first outbreak of penile warts may occur 18 months after the sexual transmission of the papillomaviruses. Penile wart can be very, very contagious if not treated immediately; this disease can be easily spread to the other parts of the inguinal or groin area and also to your partner.
Always practicing safe and proper hygiene will prevent you from having this papilloma virus, although you are susceptible to have common warts in your genital area other than your penis. Practice safe sex at all times by using condoms and avoiding multiple sexual partners. These are ways to prevent contracting this kind of disease but if you are already infected by genital, venereal or penile warts, it is advised to seek medical professional help and discuss the best immediate course of treatment.
It is very essential that not only you undergo treatment for any potential type of genital wart or papillomaviruses infections, your sexual partner should undergo the same treatment too. Over-the-counter medication for genital wart infection is strongly not recommended as instant-reaction solution. Most genital wart treatment is not specifically designed for the skin sensitivity of the penis.
Genital, venereal, and penile warts may go away as quickly as they made their appearances but they may last and stay in those areas for years. You’ll be lucky if they do a disappearing act on their own and don’t even bother to bid you farewell. But don’t be too happy about that because you will still have those pesky papillomaviruses in your system allowing the genital warts to do a reappearing act. That is the reason why medical advice is very essential.