Facts about Male Genital Warts
- These can be spread through anal sex, vaginal sex, oral sex and also through foreplay.
- A patient can still become a carrier after being treated. This can last for months to years.
- As mentioned, it is caused by HPV or the human papilloma virus.
- When left untreated, the warts can increase in number and can lead to serious medical conditions such as penile cancer.
- There are times when healthy male patients do not show any symptoms.
- Acetowhitening is a procedure that is used to diagnose the condition. This is done by applying 5 percent acetic to the suspected areas and when after 10 minutes it will turn white, then the diagnosis is confirmed.
- Biopsies can also be used in diagnosis along with pap tests for men and colposcopy.
What are the Symptoms of Condyloma
Symptoms can be experienced by affected male patients weeks or months after having sexual contact with an infected patient. Below are some of these common symptoms.
- Presence of warts in the penis, scrotums, thighs, rectal area and the urethra. These warts are characterized by flat bumps, or raised ones that look like cauliflowers. These bumps often take the colors red, pink and gray and can grow in clusters. It can also spread rapidly into huge masses when left untreated.
- The infected area will have lots of moisture.
- Tiny papules on the shaft of the penis.
- Mild to severe itching on the affected area accompanied by discomforts.
- Rash-like symptoms.
- Burning sensations on the rectal and penile area.
- In severe cases, the warts can cause pain.
- Bleeding occurs when the warts attack the urethra.
How to Treat Male Genital Warts
- Cure is not available but the symptoms can be managed along with the complications brought about by the human papilloma virus. Generally, several sessions are needed to manage these symptoms.
- Warts on the skin can be treated with the use of over the counter topical creams.
- Natural remedies can also help like the use of tea tree oil, castor oil, aloe vera juice, and apple cider vinegar on the affected areas.
- Cryotherapy. This involves freezing the warts using liquefied nitrogen.
- Alpha-interferon injections or injecting natural forms of protein that belong to a large group of glycoproteins known as cytokines.
- LEEP or loop electrosurgical excision procedure. This involves cutting the warts off.
- Carbon dioxide laser surgery.
- For those that bring about complications such as penile cancer, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery are some of the most common treatment options.