Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is sexually transmitted from one person to another. Genital warts symptoms include the appearance of warts, often said to resemble cauliflower florets in shape, on the genitals, anus, groin, lips and mouth. Although genital warts are not painful, they can make intercourse painful. Genital warts in women can also develop inside the vagina. If genital warts develop inside the vagina, they can also cause bleeding during intercourse. Once you contract HPV, the virus remains in your system for life. Even if you have HPV, the virus may go dormant and you will be symptom free.
There are some creams that claim to provide over the counter treatment for genital warts. More research is needed about the effectiveness of this kind of genital wart cream. Over the counter treatments used for warts on the hands or other parts of the body can damage delicate genital tissue. Genital warts treatment is best done under a doctor’s supervision. The doctor can offer several treatment options such as freezing the warts, burning the warts off, laser therapy, surgical removal or dissolving the warts with trichloracetic acid.
Aldara (imiquimod) cream 5% is a prescription genital wart cream. In order to get this genital wart cream, you will have to visit your doctor. Oxi-Med genital wart cream can be purchased without a prescription, but online reviews report that these treatments are ineffective. Viranol can be purchased online without a prescription. Reviews of this genital wart cream also say it is ineffective.
You can prevent genital warts by using a condom. You must also avoid sexual contact when warts are visible. The Gardasil vaccination protects against the strains of HPV that cause most cervical cancers and also the two strains of HPV that cause most genital warts. Gardasil can be administered to both boys and girls.