Warts of any kind can be embarrassing to talk about. Anal warts can require treatment from your colorectal expert so you can achieve relief and prevent them from coming back. At ACE Clinic, you can count on an effective, professional approach.
Anal warts are small growths on the skin of the anal area. They can be very small or undetectable, but they can grow larger or cover more area if left untreated. They’re generally painless and you may not know you have them if they don’t cause any symptoms. Untreated anal warts can increase your risk of developing anal cancer, so it’s important to see a colorectal expert as soon as possible.
Anal warts can sometimes be seen – they may look like small bumps on or near the anus that are lighter than the rest of the skin. You may be able to feel them. They can also cause symptoms like:
Warts are caused by infection from certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Most strains of HPV are harmless and don’t cause any symptoms. Others can cause warts or even cancerous growths. Warts can also develop on the entire genital area. Since anal warts are caused by HPV infection, you may develop them because you came into contact with someone who carries the human papillomavirus.
Your colorectal expert will first determine the severity of your infection by also checking inside the anal canal for any warts. There are a range of treatment options available depending on the severity. This might include topical medications, or surgery.
Warts can still come back after removal and treatment, so it’s important to regularly check and meet with your colorectal surgeon if you notice any new lesions. Generally, the outlook for anal warts is good.
The best way to treat anal warts is to prevent them from occurring, so make sure to practice safe sex, avoid sexual contact with people who have warts, and get the HPV vaccine if indicated.
Anal warts can be embarrassing to seek treatment for, but our experienced team is here to help. To get started and learn more about your options, contact our office by calling or filling out our online contact form.
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