The presence of anal warts raises a number of questions regarding the cause of the condition, as well as the best treatment options. Visiting a board-certified colorectal surgeon, such as Dr. Kamrava, will provide you with superior levels of comfort and care as he informs you about HPV warts and the best course of action to heal the infected area.
What Are HPV Warts?
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is now considered the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Approximately 75% of the reproductive-age population has been infected with HPV at some point. It spreads through skin contact, rather than through bodily fluids or blood. For this reason, non-sexual transmission of HPV is possible. The disease has over 100 strains and may not cause any physical symptoms for some individuals. However, certain strains may result in HPV warts that can occur in or around the genitals and anus.Request Your Consultation With Dr. Kamrava!
What Are Anal Warts?
The lowest part of the intestines is known as the anus, and when an individual has been infected with HPV, it may cause warts in or around this location. Anal warts may look like small bumps at first but may grow over time and can be passed from person to person through physical contact. Those who have a history of anal warts may also have a higher risk of developing anal cancer because anal cancer has been linked to individuals who have had HPV.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Anal warts are often asymptomatic and can resemble a variety of other conditions, so a colorectal surgeon will make the most accurate diagnosis. A routine examination will confirm the presence of HPV warts or anal warts. During the visual assessment of your condition, a proper treatment plan will be outlined. Topical medication is an effective treatment in most cases, and oftentimes Dr. Kamrava will repeat the topical application of the medicine over several weeks to ensure that it is diminishing the anal warts. In cases where HPV warts are present inside the anal canal, surgery that cauterizes the growths may be required.
Anal Warts Frequently Asked Questions
When you think you may have HPV warts or anal warts, you may not know whether or not you should consult a medical professional. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about anal warts to help give you a better understanding of the condition. If you have additional questions or would like Dr. Kamrava to evaluate your symptoms, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 424.279.8222.
Q: What do anal warts look like?
A: Anal warts may not cause any symptoms, but they are small, flesh-colored bumps in or around the anus. While they initially may appear as minor spots, they can grow to the size of a pea or larger if left untreated.
Q: Do anal warts cause cancer?
A: When anal warts do not get proper medical attention, they may develop into cancer over time. Prompt treatment and regular screenings for anal cancer will help catch the disease in its early stages. Since anal warts have potentially serious consequences, they require a special examination from a colorectal expert.
Q: Are anal warts identical to HPV warts?
A: The human papilloma virus (HPV) is typically the cause of anal warts. There are over 100 types of HPVs that are primarily transmitted through sexual contact, but non-sexual transmission is also possible. An HPV infection does not necessarily cause warts, but certain strains of the disease may produce anal warts.
Q: Can anal warts spread to the genitals?
A: The extent and severity of anal warts will vary from person to person, but they can spread to the genitals. HPV causes the warts regardless of their location, and HPV warts may occur in or around genitalia, as well as in or around the anus. Unlike other sexually transmitted infections, there is no presence of HPV in bodily fluid. Anal warts spread through skin contact.
Q: How do you treat anal warts?
A: To help you get the most appropriate treatment for your individual situation, Dr. Kamrava will evaluate your case of anal warts. Most minor cases can be treated with topical medication, but occasionally some patients will require surgical intervention performed as an outpatient procedure under sedation.
Call Today to Schedule an Anal Warts Consultation With Dr. Kamrava
If you suspect you have anal warts, visit Dr. Kamrava to get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible. Simple, effective treatments for HPV warts can help prevent further health complications in the future. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at 424.279.8222!
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