Risk Factors and HPV Warts in the Throat
Warts in the throat, also known as anogenital warts, are a type of sexually transmitted decease (STD) that is transmitted mainly through oral sex with an infected partner. And besides, any of the following factors increases the risk of getting a HPV wart infection.
* Having multiple sex partners;
* Starting one’s sexual life too early;
* Having past history of STDs;
* Having a partner with past history of STDs;
* Using certain birth control pills;
* Smoking, drugs, alcohol, and excessive stress;
* Weakened immune system.
Identifying HPV Warts in Throat
Throat warts are whitish cauliflower-like bumps usually in the back of the throat. But these may attack any other area of the mouth, cheeks, or lips. These warts may be painless, but sometimes they cause pain, itching, or other unpleasant feelings. No matter whether a wart infection causes any physical discomfort or not, it is vital to identify it early. If you manage to do that (with the help of your doctor, dentist, or an ear, nose and throat specialist), the HPV infection may not develop into oral cancer.
Out of the various strains of HPV viruses, the types causing throat warts are known to attack the epithelial surfaces. These include all areas covered by skin or mucosa, such as the mouth, cheeks, throat, tongue, and tonsils.
Throat Warts Treatment
The treatment of HPV warts in the throat includes surgery, and laser or liquid nitrogen treatment. These methods are recommended if the warts are too painful to carry out your normal activities or are present for longer than two weeks. The laser treatment procedure usually takes about 15 minutes. The treatment with liquid nitrogen is used when the warts are fewer than five. Your doctor will place the liquid nitrogen on a long cotton swab and direct it toward each wart for a couple of seconds. The result will come in a few days. This procedure is a bit cheaper than the laser treatment one. Besides these options, you can use some home remedies to reduce the pain and itching if there are any. Drinking liquids, eating soft foods, and gargling with warm, salty water are helpful natural remedies. Keep in mind that none of the modern treatments prevent warts from re-occurring.
Throat Warts Prevention
Gardasil is a new HPV vaccine that helps prevent infections caused by the HPV high-risk types 16 and 18, and the low-risk ones, 6 and 11. The HPV strains 16 and 18 are responsible for about 70 percent of the cervical and other types of anogenital cancer cases; while HPV 6 and 11 have caused some 90 percent of all reported cases of genital warts.