Genital Warts Pictures
Genital warts are one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases and are something that most doctors or sexual health clinics will see dozens of times a year. However, many people find the subject embarrassing and would prefer to try to self-diagnose before approaching a doctor or sexual health clinic about treatment. One way of doing this is by using genital warts pictures either in a book or on a website.
What are genital warts and how do you catch them?
Genital warts are no different from the other sorts of warts which can appear on other areas of the body. They are small bumps or lumps of skin which appear around the genital area. They don’t usually cause any pain and are not dangerous or a problem for your wider health. They can appear as either an individual wart or as a cluster of warts.
Warts are caused by a virus. The virus is spread from person to person during sex and can be transmitted even when using barrier methods of contraception such as condoms. It is more likely that you will catch warts from having sex with someone who has obvious warts on their genitals. The virus can lie dormant in your body for up to one year before warts appear on the skin, so it may be sometimes difficult to discover where the virus was caught.
What do they look like?
Warts that appear in the genital area are similar in appearance to warts which are found on hands or feet. In women, warts can appear as small or gritty lumps which gradually get larger over time. They don’t usually feel pain but maybe a little itchy and uncomfortable.
What should I do if I think I have genital warts?
The first thing you should do is closely examine your own body to see exactly what is going on. There are many websites with pictures of genital warts, so if you type genital warts pictures into any search engine, you will be able to compare the images online with your own body. There are similar pictures available in medical and health textbooks. Bear in mind that warts can vary in size and appearance, so if you are in any doubt about what you have it is important to seek advice from a medical professional. There is no need to feel embarrassed as they will have seen it all many times before and it is always better to seek help than to suffer in silence.
If after referring to the genital warts pictures you are sure of your diagnosis, make an appointment to see your doctor. All of the treatments which are suitable for treating genital warts are only available on prescription from a doctor. Over the counter treatments for warts on other parts of the body should not be used for genital warts. Your doctor may want to confirm your diagnosis before treating you, as in very rare cases warts can be mistaken for other more serious conditions.
How do I prevent coming into contact with the virus in the first place?
As genital warts are caused by the same virus as cervical cancer, being immunized against cervical cancer provides good protection against ever developing genital warts. Apart from being completely celibate and never having sexual contact with anyone, there is no cast-iron guaranteed method by which you can avoid the virus. Always use a condom when having sex and practice good hygiene by washing sex toys carefully after each use, especially if they are shared.