Genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and often go unnoticed by affected individuals for long periods due to a lack of symptoms. Genital warts are usually flesh colored or clear bumps that range from small to large and infect the area in or around the genitals. Genital wart outbreaks can interfere with normal sexual activity, since the virus that causes warts is contagious and can be passed easily during sexual contact.
Foods that contain high levels of refined sugar or saturated fat may contribute to an immune response that might trigger an outbreak of genital herpes. Make every effort to eat foods that are healthy, such as fruits and vegetables, to avoid genital wart outbreaks. In addition, take a multivitamin to help keep your immune system functioning at an optimal level.
Smoking can lead to a weakened immune system and help trigger a genital warts occurrence. When the immune system is weak, viruses such as HPV are more likely to appear. Excessive drinking or binge drinking (drinking more than five drinks at one sitting) can cause an outbreak by inhibiting immune system response. Lack of sleep and excessive stress might exacerbate the HPV virus as well.
Removing genital warts can help keep them from recurring in the same area. Surgical methods for genital wart removal include electrosurgery (warts are removed by having them burned off), cryotherapy (warts are frozen off with nitrogen) and cutting warts off with a scalpel. Some methods of wart removal may require significant recovery time and cause some scarring. Treatment for genital warts includes topical ointments such as imiquimod, podophyllotoxin and podophyllin. These are applied by a doctor and can help remove genital warts by dissolving them over a period of time. Removing genital warts will help reduce outbreaks in the affected area.
A vaccine that can help to reduce the chance for becoming infected with the human papilloma virus that causes genital warts is now available for females up to the age of 26. The vaccine purportedly inhibits the transmission of the virus and will protect females from becoming infected and later developing genital warts. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends Gardasil be given to girls from the ages of 11 to 26 routinely to avoid HPV infection.