What Every Guy Should Know About Penis Warts
When a man sees anything that comes close to resembling a wart on his penis, he might freak right out – and for good reason. Anything that mars the equipment not only has the opportunity to put a damper on his sex life, but the idea of genital warts can really make a man wonder where he got them, what it might mean for his future, and much more. It’s important to understand this rather common penis problem and how to handle the issue of penis warts if they do show up.
How common are penis warts?
Though penis warts might seem like a terrifying ordeal, they are actually quite common. Skin warts are caused by HPV, an extremely common virus that most people will be exposed to in their lifetime. In fact, there are over 70 strains of HPV, and though most of them show up with no symptoms at all, some of them do lead to penis warts.
The good news is that penis warts caused by HPV are not a life sentence. In most cases, the immune system fights back and gets rid of the warts within two years of their first appearance. However, the idea of living with warts on the penis for two years can be enough to make a man look for treatment alternatives.
How to treat penis warts
As with most penis problems, the best way to treat penis warts is to visit the doctor. Once there, a few treatments might be recommended:
1) Prescription creams. Many men will opt for prescription creams, which can lessen the appearance of warts while it helps to shrink them. It will still take a while for them to disappear, but the time a man must live with them can be shortened considerably.
2) Cryotherapy. Men who have dealt with other types of warts, such as those that commonly appear on the hands or feet, will be familiar with this treatment. It involves the use of liquid nitrogen to “freeze” the wart, thus killing it. The wart will then fall off within a short period of time.
3) Electric cauterization. In this treatment, a man is given a local anesthetic to numb any pain, then an electrical current is applied to the area of the wart. The result is killing the wart and just as with the liquid nitrogen, the problem should clear up rather quickly.
4) Watch and wait. Though most men will not like to hear this as an option, many doctors will choose the “watch and wait” policy when it comes to penis warts. This is especially indicated if a man has other problems that might mean he shouldn’t undergo treatments, such as an underlying medical condition that might make the treatments dangerous for him. In this case, a man will want to do everything he can to boost his immune system in the hopes that it will take over and eradicate the warts sooner rather than later.
When a man has penis warts, it’s best to avoid sexual contact with anyone. This is because even if a man uses a condom, the HPV in his body can be alive and well on the skin elsewhere in the genital area, and that means he can pass the problem on to a partner even if they practice safer sex. HPV vaccinations might be helpful in lowering a man’s risk of contracting HPV again. And if a man does choose treatments rather than “watch and wait” methods, he will want to avoid sexual activity during the time it takes the body to heal.