Anal Warts

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What are anal warts?

Anal warts (also called “condyloma acuminata”) are skin eruptions that affect the area around and inside the anus and even the genital area. Usually, they do not cause pain or discomfort to afflicted individuals and patients may be unaware that the warts are present. Anal warts are thought to be caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is transmitted from person to person by direct contact. HPV is considered a sexually transmitted disease. However, you do not have to have anal intercourse to develop anal condyloma. Anal warts can grow larger and spread if not removed.

What are the symptoms of anal warts?

Some patients will experience symptoms such as itching, bleeding, discharge and/or a feeling of a lump or mass in the anal area.

Treatment options

Topical medication – for small and superficial warts; sometimes for warts inside the canal.

Freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen.

Surgical removal – for bigger and recurrent warts; provides immediate result and can be done on out-patient basis but usually under anesthesia

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