If you have HPV, or the human papilloma virus, it can be really frustrating. There are actually over 150 viruses that are classified under the name of HPV. It’s extremely common and will usually go away by itself without causing any serious problems. However, there are times when the infection makes itself known in a visible way, especially when it is related to issues that revolve around the genital areas. Genital warts can appear on the thigh, the anus, the penis, the groin or the vagina. If warts appear in this area, it’s an obvious symptom of HPV. However, in most cases, you won’t even know that you have the condition, which can be frightening. If left untreated, the virus can lead to cervical cancer in women. It can also cause cancer in the penis or anus for men.
In order to determine if you have HPV, you can be tested to identify the root of your problem. Once you know that you have the condition, it’s important to get treatment. While most cases go away on their own, you should be proactive to avoid an increased risk of cancer. You also want to avoid transferring the virus to others through skin-to-skin contact. Antiviral medication can help.
Using Antiviral Medication
If you have visible signs of HPV, such as genital warts, you could benefit from antiviral medication to clear up the problem. New advances in medicine are working on antiviral medication that could actually get to the source of the problem and attack the HPV virus itself, stopping it in its tracks. At the present time, you’ll find that there are a variety of antiviral medications that are designed to combat this virus. Some medications are topical and are applied directly to the warts, targeting your immune system. Others are offered in the form of a vaccine that can help you to combat the affects of the infection.
Prevention is the Best Medicine
While there are medications that can be used after you have been infected, your best solution is prevention. You can reduce your risk of being infected by sexually-transmitted forms of HPV by getting a vaccine before you ever have any symptoms of the condition. Also, rest assured that the majority of cases will clear up and will not cause serious consequences. If you have a form that poses a risk of cancer, you need to be closely monitored by a doctor to be prepared to take action.
Ask Our Doctor About Antiviral Medication
If HPV is a dark cloud that is hanging over your head, don’t get down. You can do something about it with help from our team at Rao Dermatology. Make an appointment at our office in Manhattan, Atlantic Highlands, Woodbridge, Fresno or Hanford to discuss your options for antiviral medication. You might not be able to completely avoid HPV, but you can find effective treatments that will reduce your risk of developing cancer. When you take charge of HPV, you are not only protecting yourself; you will protect your partner as well. Antiviral medication is just one of the many treatment options we have available. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.