Treatment of Anal Warts
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 genitak area.Usually, they do not cause painor discomfort to afflicte individuals and patients may be unaware that the warts are present. Some patients will experience symptoms such as itching, bleeding, discharge and/or a feeling of a lump or mass in the anal area.
What causes these anal warts? 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 transmitteddisease. You do not have to have anal intercourse to develop anal condyloma.
Do these need to be warts always removed
Yes. If they are not removed, the warts usually grow larger and multiply, and may even lead to an increased risk of cancer in the affected area. In addition,warts are contagious and can affect the partner of the infected patient if left untreated.
What treatment options
Topical medication – for small and superficial warts; sometimes for warts inside the canal.
Surgical removal – for bigger and recurrent warts; provides immediate result and can be done on out-patient basis but usually under anesthesia.
How much time will I lose from work after surgical treatment?It varies from just 1 day to several days depending on the extent of the disease and post-treatment pain.Will a single treatment cure the problem?
Because HPV can live concealed in tissues that appear normal for several months before another wart develops, recurrent wartsare common. Return visits to the physician’s office may be necessary as new warts develop.
How long is treatment usually continued Frequent follow-up visits with your specialist for several months after the last wart is observed are necessary to be certain that no new warts occur.