What are Genital Warts?
Genital warts are caused by a viral infection (human papilloma virus). Many people with the virus will not have visible warts, making it difficult to determine if you are carrying the virus and will pass it on to sexual partners. Warts can be internal or external, in the genital or anal areas. It can take anything from a few weeks to several months after contact with the virus for symptoms to show.
What are the symptoms of Genital Warts?
Genital warts are usually painless, but can sometimes itch or cause bleeding.
What are the treatments for Genital Warts?
Genital warts are the second most common sexually transmitted infection in England. They occur around the genitals or anus and are the result of a skin infection by the contagious virus human papillomavirus (HPV). Genital warts do not normally pose a serious health threat, but they can look unpleasant and so cause embarrassment and distress. If you suspect you have undiagnosed genital warts you should always seek medical advice.
Genital warts can be caught during sex. Penetrative sex is not needed to catch genital warts as they are spread by skin to skin contact and through sharing sex toys. The use of a condom may not protect you because the condom may not cover the area affected by genital warts.
Genital warts normally appear within 2-3 months of infection with HPV, but it can take up to a year for genital warts to appear after the skin becomes infected with HPV. HPV is normally transmitted when the warts are present, however, it is possible for HPV to be transmitted from apparently normal, but infected skin before the warts have developed.
If you have been previously diagnosed with genital warts, the Pharmacy2U Online Doctor service could supply the prescription treatment you need following a simple online consultation with our UK registered GP.
Aldara (imiquimod) cream can be used to treat larger genital warts and works by stimulating the bodies immune response against the virus.
Condyline (podophyllotoxin) solution is often used to treat clusters of warts and has a directly toxic effect on the warts.
Warticon (podophyllotoxin) cream is also directly toxic to the warts.
Genital warts can also be treated with trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or by removal with lasers, freezing or surgery, but these procedures cannot be offered by the Pharmacy2U online doctor.