Genital Wart Removal
Genital warts are warts that appear in the genital area. There can be 1 wart or a cluster of warts. People get these warts by picking up the human papillomavirus (HPV) from someone who is already infected with this virus.
HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection. It is possible to spread or get these warts even when you cannot see them.
Of the 100 or so types of HPV, just a few can cause genital warts. Some HPV types can cause cervical cancer. Other types can cause anal cancer, cancer of the penis, or mouth and throat cancer. You can get more than one type of HPV.
There are many ways to treat genital warts. Since warts are often stubborn, you may need more than one visit.
Genital warts appear in various sizes and shapes. Some people get a few warts. Others get many warts. The most common signs (what you see) of these warts are:
- Small, scattered bumps that are skin-colored or a bit darker.
- A cluster of bumps that look like cauliflower.
- Growths in the genital area that can be raised or flat and smooth or rough.
Genital warts often have no symptoms, Sometimes the warts but sometimes itch, burn, hurt, or bleed.
Anyone who has sex can get the human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes genital warts. At least half of the people who have sex have had an HPV infection. It is most common before age 30.
Not everyone who gets an HPV infection gets genital warts. Most people never get these warts because the body’s immune system fights the virus. Most people get rid of the virus in a few years and they are no longer contagious.
People who have a weakened immune system may not be able to fight the virus. When the body cannot fight HPV, genital warts can grow. A person’s immune system can become weak from a disease such as cancer or AIDS. Some medicines, such as those to prevent organ rejection, also weaken the immune system.
Warts do not appear until months after sex with an infected person!
People often feel embarrassed by growths in their genital area and do not see a doctor. But BrandeisMD can provide peace of mind because you can get a proper diagnosis and treatment. We can diagnose genital warts by examining warts during an office visit. Sometimes we will remove a wart or part of it and send it to a laboratory. This biopsy can confirm that a patient has genital warts.
Some genital warts clear without treatment. But removing warts has benefits because of treatment:
- Lowers the risk of spreading the virus.
- Can relieve any pain and itching.
- Lets a person know that the growths are genital warts, not cancer.
- Removes warts that can be hard to keep clean.
At BrandeisMD, we welcome patients with penile and scrotal warts. We will treat you with respect and dignity and will work with you to get you wart free and put you on treatment to prevent recurrence.
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