Certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) lead to the development of anal condyloma — commonly known as anal warts. If you have anal warts, make an appointment with Jean Jaffke, MD at her practice in Novi, Michigan. As a double board-certified colorectal surgeon, Dr. Jaffke offers expert anal wart removal procedures. Call or schedule your consultation online today.
Anal condyloma, commonly referred to as anal warts, is a condition caused by HPV. Anal warts are small growths that develop in and around your anus. The disease can also spread to your genitals.
Anal condyloma are usually flesh-colored or brownish. While the warts begin as small growths, they can multiply and grow larger. You may not initially experience any symptoms from your anal warts, but over time, you may develop symptoms like itching, rectal bleeding, mucus discharge, or a lump in your anal area.
A strain of HPV causes anal condyloma. HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease, affects nearly 80% of sexually active people at some point during their lives. It spreads through direct contact.
While practicing safe sex and using condoms during intercourse can reduce your risk of contracting HPV, the virus spreads through any contact with the anal area. It’s also important to remember that HPV can remain dormant for years before an outbreak occurs.
You should make an appointment with Dr. Jaffke as soon as you suspect you have anal condyloma or notice lumps around your anus. When left untreated, anal warts will usually multiply and grow larger.
Also, while anal cancer is rare, untreated anal warts can increase your risk of the disease.
Dr. Jaffke examines your anal area and may apply vinegar to the area; the acetic acid in vinegar will turn warts white, making them easier to identify. She may also use an anoscope to check the inside of your anal canal for warts.
When your diagnosis is confirmed, Dr. Jaffke can prescribe topical medications to treat your warts. When medical treatment isn’t effective, she offers in-office and surgical procedures to remove your anal warts.
Some common in-office anal wart removal procedures include cryotherapy, electrocautery, and laser treatments. Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze warts, and electrocautery uses an electric current to burn warts.
Dr. Jaffke also performs surgical excision for large warts or those located inside your anal canal. Anal condyloma removal surgery is usually an outpatient procedure.
If you have anal warts, call or book an appointment online today for rapid treatment.