What Is the Average Incubation Period for Genital Warts in Men and Women?
Genital warts may take a long time to appear but will usually occur within a typical period of one to three months after the initial infection. Because genital warts are a contagious sexually transmitted disease (STD), it is transmitted through genital skin-on-skin contact during sexual foreplay or intercourse, or through transferring infected genital fluids between partners, it will therefore not be immediately noticeable.
Genital warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV for short, and not everyone who is infected with HPV is prone to developing genital warts. Some people may be infected with a type of HPV that doesn’t produce warts, or could possibly remain asymptomatic (in other words, no warts will appear). It is possible to be asymptomatic even though the HPV virus is present on the skin or in the mucous membranes in the genital area (on the penis and scrotum of the male or in the vagina, anal area or in the cervix of the female).
If you think you have the symptoms of HPV or suspect that you have been infected by a STD (sexually transmitted disease) you can seek help by:
- Visiting your family doctor. Usually a close examination of the genital area will be enough to ascertain whether you have been infected with genital warts or not. In order to check for hidden warts, your doctor may have to perform an internal examination, including the vagina, cervix or anus.
- Or you could visit a specialized sexual health clinic that is equipped to test for a wide range of STDs.
If you suspect that you have been infected with genital warts (itchiness around the genital and anal area) and cannot clearly see any signs of an infection, apply a weak solution of vinegar around the genital area and this will turn any warts white and therefore make them more visible.
What works to cure genital warts?
There are several effective medical treatments available for HPV genital warts. Some of these include:
- Cryotherapy: It involves freezing the warts.
- Electrocautery: therapy: Burning or cauterizing the warts.
- Laser therapy: This procedure uses laser light to destroy the wart cells.
- Prescription Treatments: There are also various prescription topical resins, creams (Aldara) and preparations that may be applied to the surface of the skin and are usually less painful and less expensive than some of the treatments cited above.
- Wartrol: One of the most effective topical treatments currently available for eliminating HPV genital warts is Wartrol, a naturally formulated wart treatment that uses ingredients approved by the FDA. Wartrol is a powerful formula that has been clinically proven to produce effective and lasting results. Wartrol is suitable for use in both mild as well as extremely severe cases of HPV genital warts. After each application, Wartrol quickly soaks into the skin and infiltrates into the roots of the warts, thereby attacking and eliminating the warts from the inside out.
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