One of the most common skin conditions is warts. Individuals of all ages, sex and social status may have warts at some time in their life. These warts may appear on the face, hands or legs. All warts are caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. This virus has over 100 different strains. Some strains of this virus can cause penis warts. These types of warts are easy to get and hard to get rid of. Below are links to specific information on penis warts.
Penis warts are also referred to as genital warts. These warts most commonly appear on the penis, on the area around the penis and sometimes around the anus. Penis warts are small bumps or growths that vary in size. They are usually flesh colored or white. Many men can have penis warts, but they may be too small to be seen with the naked eye.
In most cases, penis warts cause no other symptoms. Sometimes they can produce an itching or burning sensation. It is important to differentiate penis warts from other types of bumps that can appear on the penis.
Some people can confuse herpes for penis warts. Herpes lesions look much different than genital warts. The herpes lesions are fluid-filled blisters that break and leave behind red open sores. It is important to remember that penis warts do not form blisters.
Another benign skin condition that can be confused with genital warts on penis is angiokeratomas. These are bright purple or red spots that look a lot like blood blisters. Men can also confuse pimples with genital warts since they both will produce bumps of various sizes.
It is important to get an accurate diagnosis before treatment is started. Penis warts can be difficult to treat because of their location. The skin of the genital area is very sensitive and must be treated carefully to avoid damage.
Genital warts on the penis are considered to be a sexually transmitted infection. When an individual has sex with a person who has HPV, he is putting himself at risk for getting genital warts on penis. HPV is highly contagious, and it can be passed to others unknowingly.
The use of a condom does not guarantee protection against HPV. This is because genital warts can be on the upper thighs and any skin that is surrounding the genital area. A condom cannot cover these areas and therefore, skin to skin contact can occur, which puts the individual at risk for getting genital warts.
There are several different penis wart removal methods. Prescription creams that are applied at home are popular because they can be applied in private. It is important to follow the application instructions carefully to get the maximum benefit from the creams. It may take several weeks for the penis warts to disappear completely. The individual who is using prescription creams for penis warts must refrain from having sex until the warts are gone. Then it is a good idea to wear a condom since HPV may still be present.
Cryotherapy is a method of wart removal that must be performed in the doctor’s office. Liquid nitrogen is applied to the warts to freeze them off. A local anesthetic may be used because this procedure may be painful.
Surgical removal of penis warts is another option for wart removal. This can be performed in the office by a trained professional. A local anesthetic is applied and the warts can be burnt off with a tool that sends an electric current through the wart. Some doctors may prefer to simply cut the warts off. This is the fastest and easiest way to get rid of warts. There is usually no suturing required with surgical wart removal. It is a good idea to discuss treatment options with the doctor before deciding on which one you will use.
Penis warts should be treated because without treatment, they can spread or become quite large. Since warts are a sign of HPV, it is very important that any individual who has penis warts keeps a close eye on the warts. Certain strains of HPV are associated with the development of cancer cells. Any changes in the appearance of warts should be reported to the doctor right away.
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