Dealing With Genital Warts

A virus causes genital warts, a sexually transmitted disease, or STD. Some strains of this virus may increase the risk of getting cervical or penile cancer. Treatment for this serious condition can include medication or laser surgery.

After the warts are removed, the virus remains in the body and can cause future outbreaks.

Small red, flat, round, itchy bumps appear inside the vagina, on the outer genital area or around the anus.
These bumps can also appear in the mouth of someone who has had oral contact with the genitals of an infected person.

If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, call a doctor for an immediate appointment. Avoid using over-the-counter wart preparations — they are too harsh for the genital area.

Women who have had warts should get a Pap smear every six months to check for cervical cancer.

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