and infections are not related to each other, but can look the same to the untrained eye. Often, women will develop vaginal warts which become itchy and uncomfortable. Scratching these warts can leave the area raw and sensitive, leading some to believe that they have a infection. This can be a very dangerous assumption to make. The difference in treatment for and infections is like night and day. Your anti-fungal medication won\’t do anything to get rid of the warts and HPV can lead to cancer.
HPV is an STD, or sexually transmitted disease, so it is important to seek treatment when you think you might have it. The problem with that is that HPV is not always detectable. Sometimes the warts are on the inside, on the cervix, and may not show up on the outside. HPV can also be carried by men with no visible or detectable signs. The disease itself is getting more exposure lately but it usually takes a back seat to more common STD\’s such as HIV and Hepatitis. It is no less deadly though. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer in women.
HPV and yeast infections are both concerns for women. It is important not to confuse them. A yeast infection will usually manifest itself with a foul smelling discharge that looks a bit like cottage cheese and an itching sensation. There are no warts or exterior blemishes. The skin around the vagina may become dry or cracked but it is very different from the redness and warts caused by HPV. Always see your doctor before beginning any treatment to make sure.