Anal Warts

Anal warts are small growths found around and inside the anus. They have a flesh or brownish color and a lot of times they are not noticed since they can occur without causing any pain or discomfort. Anal warts are also known as condyloma acuminatum and  if treated in time, they don’t represent a serious condition.

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What causes anal warts?

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be transmitted by direct or indirect contact. The easiest way to get infected with anal warts is through sexual intercourse but is also possible to transmit the virus through hand contact or body fluids. Even if not frequent another way of infection is by indirect contact. This is possible for example using a towel or a toilet seat previously infected.

The transmission of the HPV can happen even if the virus doesn’t cause any symptom. This is why you should always use protection, which doesn’t guarantee complete safety but it can drastically reduce the risk of infection. Anal warts have the same characteristics of genital warts and can spread all over the genital area. If you or your partner have been diagnosed with this type of warts I strongly suggest that you stop any sexual contact or activity until warts are completely removed.

How to get rid of anal warts

If not treated warts can grow larger and multiply. The more you wait to find a way to cure them the bigger is the chance they will spread on your body. Since anal warts form in a very sensitive area and they can cause not only discomfort but also shame and panic. To remove them doctors usually prescribe one or more of the following therapies:

  • Topical medication: creams are used to relieve warts’ symptoms. They can take a while to cure warts and they are very complicated to apply if warts are inside the anus.
  • Cryotherapy: warts are frozen with liquid nitrogen and then removed. As you may expect this procedure is quiet painful and has a long healing period.
  • Surgery: with this procedure warts are surgically removed. You will be anesthetized during the procedure and warts cut off from your skin one by one.

You can easily guess that these procedures are quiet dangerous because they are applied to a very sensitive area. You should know that even if you decided to undergo one of them and go through all the pain to remove your warts, they are going to come back over and over again. This happens because all of the treatments above will eliminate only the symptoms and not the cause of your problem. The HPV virus will still stay inside your body and if you don’t anything it is going to form new warts after some time.

Prevention and how to treat anal warts

Genital warts can be a very troublesome infection and they are more common than what you may think. As any sexual transmitted infection (STI), anal warts are very easy to transmit and spread. Using protection is the only way you will reduce the risk of contracting the virus. The reason why the protection cannot be 100% is that parts in the genital area not covered by the condom can still be infected. Keep always in mind that all kind of sexual activities can lead to a warts infection: vaginal sex, anal sex and oral sex as well. 

The only way to cure permanently warts in the genital area is to find a way to eliminate them from your skin and at the same time eradicate the HPV virus from your body. As I previously mentioned, treatments prescribe by doctors focus only on warts removal and pay no attention to the virus. Also, they can be quite painful, very costly and still don’t solve your problem.

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