Condylomas, or so-called genital warts, are common. They are more susceptible to pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.
Sometimes warts are confused with a banal accumulation of skin epithelium in one place. It’s not exactly a medical problem. One in 100 men have these growths, but because warts are contagious, it’s wise to see a venereologist to limit the risk of spreading the infection between partners.
By themselves, warts are harmless. But scientists have conducted numerous studies and according to the latest journals and published statistics – warts have a direct relationship with the development of cervical cancer and penile cancer. Studies show that 90% of women with cervical cancer also have genital warts.
Experts advise women with a proven wart infection to have a Pap test every six months to limit the risk of developing cervical cancer or to diagnose it at an earlier stage when the expected cure rate is much higher.
What causes genital warts?
Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This is the same virus that causes warts on the legs, arms, and face. The virus lives in the cytoplasm of cells, where it finds an ideal environment and multiplies very successfully. Subsequently, replicating viruses destroy the cell and infect other cells in the body.
The clinical picture of genital warts is very typical. They usually appear as painless, flesh-colored or gray-white growths on the labia, anus, or penis, which may take the form of grapes or cauliflower. They may also have clinical signs of itching or even mild skin inflammation.
What treatment is suitable?
In addition to the standard medical treatment, which to this day is considered radical – cauterization with liquid nitrogen, laser or solid carbon dioxide (dry ice), there is another medicine in European countries that, according to recent studies, is very successful in combating warts and removes 100 % of all neoplasms. It is interferon-alpha or intron A, but it is not registered for use in Bulgaria.
Herbalists offer many good alternatives to get rid of warts. One of them is the application of Chinese foxglove root or sandy gentian. Other herbs that have proven effective in fighting nasty warts are calendula, calendula stem juice, sour apple juice, and the active application of garlic to warts. At home, tea tree oil can also be applied to the growths.
According to recent research by psychologists and psychiatrists, hypnotherapy is also particularly effective in combating warts. Stress is believed to be a major trigger for warts, especially in immunosuppressed patients. In combination with hypnotherapy, which takes place over several sessions. Patients are prescribed a diet rich in vitamins A and C, including folic acid, which significantly strengthens the immune system.