Around 1 in 100 Americans have genital or anal warts. Anal warts cause a lot of problems, including itchiness, bleeding, and discharge, along with bumps and lumps in and around the anus. If you’re dealing with these frustrating issues, Jeffrey S. Aronoff, MD, PC, in Midtown East, Manhattan, offers a wide range of treatments. For compassionate, personalized treatment from one of New York City’s foremost colorectal surgeons, call the office or book an appointment online.
Anal warts are any warts that grow inside and around your anus. These warts are often extremely small when they first appear, but they can rapidly grow and then spread all over the anal area if untreated.
They’re caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), the most commonly occurring sexually transmitted infection. Most people contract HPV through vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected person.
Anal warts are usually soft bumps inside or around your anus. They’re typically skin-colored or light brown. Although anal warts aren’t usually painful, they can be quite uncomfortable. Common symptoms include:
In the beginning, you might not have obvious symptoms, but anal warts can quickly grow intrusive.
Dr. Aronoff performs a comprehensive examination covering your whole pelvic region, focusing on your anus in particular. He may use a slender, lighted tool called an anoscope to examine the inside of your anal canal for internal warts as well.
Dr. Aronoff offers full-scale anal warts treatment, including topical medication to fight the HPV infection, quick-and-easy procedures, and advanced minimally invasive surgery in the office.
As an experienced colorectal surgeon, Dr. Aronoff offers all the care you need in one location. He customizes your anal wart treatment based on the characteristics of the wart, as well as the unique effects of the virus in your body.
Once you’re rid of the anal warts, you’ll want to take steps to prevent a recurrence. Behavioral changes, particularly those involving sexual practices, are the most reliable way to greatly reduce your risk for anal warts in the future.
Dr. Aronoff may recommend changes like limiting your sexual partners, avoiding high-risk sexual behaviors, abstaining from sexual contact with infected persons, using condoms, and, in some cases, having the HPV vaccine.
Worried about anal warts? You can easily resolve the problem with in-office care at Jeffrey S. Aronoff, MD, PC, so call the office or book an appointment online.