Genital warts also known as Condyloma, Condylomata acuminata, or venereal warts, anal wart or anogenital wart. Genital warts are highly contagious sexually transmitted infection caused by some sub-types of human papillomavirus (HPV). It is spread through direct skin-to-skin contact during oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected partner. Genital warts are the most easily recognized sign of genital HPV infection.
These are often known as condylomata acumemata or venaral warts. Genital warts are found on penis, vulva, and urethra, and vagina, cervix, around and in the anus. It is common, although most people have no symptoms.
Genital warts may be small, flat, flesh-colored bumps or tiny, cauliflower-like bumps. In men, genital warts can grow on the penis, near the anus, or between the penis and the scrotum. In women, genital warts may grow on the vulva and perineal area, in the vagina and on the cervix. Genital warts vary in size and may even be so small that you can’t see them. They can lead to cancer of the cervix in women or cancer of the penis in men.
Cause of genital warts
It is a viral infection caused by HPV, human papilloma virus. Warts may take 6 weeks to 6 months to appear after becoming infected with HPV.
Human Papilloma Virus can appear anywhere in the genital region, from the vulva to the perennial are. Genital warts and those present on the hands and feet are generally of different virus types and therefore not thought to be transmissible from one site to another.
It spreads via sexual contact involving the anal, oral or vaginal skin or mucus membrane.
Symptoms of anogenital warts
- The genital warts can be raised of flat and usually flesh colored
- They appear as cauliflower like growths
- There may be variation in the size. They may be as small as difficult to visualize by necked eye to size of a pea.
- Some times increased vaginal discharge
- Itching in affected area
- Vaginal bleeding during or after sexual intercourse
- There is increased moisture in affected part.
- In a moist area, they have a softer surface and are known as exophytic warts.
- On skin exposed to the air, the wart has a harder, keratinized surface, these are known as sessile or popular warts. Warts can be as small as a pinhead or as large as a sprout.
Diagnosis of genital warts
Diagnosis mainly include
- History of contact with affected person
- Colposcopy is beneficial to visualize invisible lesions
- Routine Pap smear
- Biopsy for unusual appearance of warts or recurrence
- Tests for HPV confirmation
Differential diagnosis of anogenital warts
- Molluscum contagiosum
- Vestibular papillae
- Skin tag
- Condylomata lata
- Sebaceous glands
Cure for genital warts
The conventional treatment is usually cryosurgery or cauterization of warts.
Homeopathic cure for genital warts – Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach.
This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering.
The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat genital warts but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility.
As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available which have a very important role in cure for genital warts that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints.
For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Few important medicines for the warts are given below which are helpful in cure for genital warts:
Antim crud, Causticum, Thuja, salicylic acid, Kali mur, Nitric Acid, Magnesia sulph, Sabina, Nat. carb and many other medicines.
Genital warts upon the vulva; small burning pimples, ulcers like apthae upon vulva; fissured and bleeding excrescences upon the os; womb swollen and painful as if tumor.
Moist, broad, burning warts around female external genitals, perineum and anus, of extreme foetor; copper colored eruptions in spots over whole body, with dry papules in centre, from which skin exfoliates from centre to periphery.
Itching anogenital warts; condylomata, with sore burning pains; cysts in vulva, sensitive and with tearing pains during rest; nymphomania; soreness of abdominal muscles; pressing down towards genitals.
Warts; ovarian pain, worse left side, or from ovary to ovary; breasts cold, sore, and sensitive.
It tends to develop warts on palate, near anus, the appearance is brownish & hard to touch. The wart tends to ulcerate easily. Tendency to develop warts in patient with mental & digestive symptoms.
It plays a very useful role whenever warts are inflamed with burning pain. They are hot & tender to touch with characteristic throbbing pain.
Adapted to bilious, lymphatic, plethoric constitutions; persons who are lively and entertaining when well, but violent and often delirious when sick.
Warts are present on face, neck & upper extremities, male genitalia, canthi, fingers. They are black & fleshy, hard & horny, sometimes inflamed & painful; the warts tend to suppurate. Giving an odour of stale cheese. The skin is icy cold to touch with cold & profuse perspiration. Development of warts in patient having history of suppression of eruption & perspiration. Development of warts in individual with scrofoulous diathesis with faulty development of bones. It has a typical physically constitution, i.e. fat, flabby, fair, perspiring, cold & damp.
Warts : round, soft at base, almost the colour of skin; upper surface hard, rough, whitish, horny. Wart appears, itches, bleeds & disappears. Warts : inflamed; stinging; suppurating; form ulcers. Warts thickly studding mouths of sheep. Calc. suits phlegmatic people; large head & features; pale skin & chalky look. Better dry weather, from being touched. Worse milk: from suppressed perspiration.
Leucophlegmatic, blond hair, light complexion, blue eyes, fair skin; tendency to obesity in youth. Psoric constitutions; pale, weak, timid, easily tired when walking. Disposed to grow fat, corpulent, unwieldy.
Warts are present around female genitalia. They have cauliflower shape. They discharge sticky exudation which smells like old cheese or herring brine. The appearance of skin is dry, rough, irritable that breaks easily & exude a gluey moisture which is worse in folds. Warts are present in persons who have tendency to develop erysipelas. The patient is extremely sensitive to cold. Digestive symptoms are important concomitant symptoms to warts.
Lycopodium has two types of warts (1) isolated warts, (2) warts in crops. Warts are situated especially on face, tongue, male genitalia, upper limbs and fingers. Warts are associated with terrible itching. They are large, jagged furrowed, splitted & pedenculated; they exude moisture, surrounded by a herpetic areola, with desquamation. The warts have tendency to bleed easily.
It has tendency to develop sycotic warts which bleed very easily.
The warts appear on female genitals, anus, cervical region inside nose, external throat, sternum, eyelids, canthi. They usually develop after abuse of mercury. The following are the characteristics : moist, cauliflower like, hard, rhagadic, large, indented, inflamed, pricking pain < night. They emit foetid discharge, they bleed on touch.
Warts : sticking & pricking : on upper lip. Smart & bleed on washing; painful to touch. Soft with thin epidermis and moist: large, jagged, often pedunculated, exuding moisture & bleeding readily : condylomata, etc. splinter – sensations anywhere. Worse : touch, jar, cold at night.
Warts are present in mouth, male genitalia. They are hot to touch. They are large, jagged, indented in appearance.
Warts are situated on canthi, around mouth, near male genitalia. There is a sensation of itching < heat of bed. The appearance of the skin is dirty rough, scabby, greasy. It breaks out in folds.
Warts are situated on male genitalia, upper lips, fingers, face. They are small, flat, hard, dark colour and sometimes brownish in colour with a horny excrescences in centre. There is a sensation of itching. Appearance of skin blotched, raw, rough, hard or cracked. Tendency to form induration and warts from constant pressure.
Warts on hands, neck, face with horny excrescences in centre : small, itching, flat. Large, hard seed warts : dark colour; painless. Sepia is indifferent : with emptiness, with nothing satisfied. Bursting pains or cramping and drawing. Internal pulsations. A left sided medicine, generally. Worse from music : milk, fat pork, perspiration, snow, washing, getting wet. Better : motion; walking quickly; when alone.
Warts are situated on iris, on tongue, on male genitalia. They are moist, pedunculated & are extremely sensitive to touch. Warts appear after abuse of mercury & suppressed eruption. Warts in syphilitic individual.
Warts are situated on back, cervical region, upper limb, face, nose, eyebrows, eyes, eyelids, external throat. They are broad, conical, flat pedunculated, indented, fan shaped in appearance. They are reddish in colour, bleed easily. The warts have a tendency to split from their edge or from the surface.
Warts on any part of body, with little necks called fig warts; tubular warts; i.e. long warts of the same size all the way out. Wart-like excrescences on back of hand, on chin and other places. Warts and condylomata, large, seedy & pedunculated; sometimes oozing & bleeding readily. Effects of vaccaination. Dreams of the dead : of falling.
Adapted to hydrogenoid constitution of Grauvogl. Acts well in lymphatic temperament, in very fleshy persons, dark complexion, black hair unhealthy skin. Ailments from bad effects of vaccination; from suppressed or maltreated gonorrhoea. Fixed ideas: as if a strange person were at his side; as if soul and body were separated; as if a living animal were in abdomen; of being under the influence of a superior power. Thuja is one of the most commonly used remedies for genital warts.