What are Anal Warts?
Anal warts are HPV infections that appear on the area around anus, inside anus, inside rectum, anal opening, on buttocks and the surrounding areas. They are also called condyloma acuminata, perianal or anogenital warts.
According to an article by Dr Jennifer Lowney published in the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, anal warts appears first as very tiny spots and then grow into larger shapes. Initially, the patient may not be aware of their appearance. But with time, they grow larger and spread into the surrounding areas.
According to the ASCR (Americal Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons) anogenital warts should not be left untreated as they “may lead to an increased risk of cancer in the affected area.”
It depends upon your symptoms. If the warts are outside the anus or on the buttocks, you may resort to topical creams and solutions without seeing a doctor. However, if the warts are inside the rectum i.e. internal warts, these must be treated by a qualified surgeon.
What are the Treatment Options?
People with perianal warts often feel very embarrassing and will try to hide them and leave them untreated. Bear in mind that if your anal warts are internal, you must see the doctor to properly diagnose the problem and arrange for suitable surgical treatments.
In case of external warts on the anus, you may either see the doctor or use topical cream and solutions.
What is the Best Topical Solution?
The best topical cream or solution is the one which does not contain any harmful ingredients. It must be herbal, natural and safe to use.
Many people use homeopathic formulas for the treatment of embarrassing warts on anus, buttocks and the surrounding areas. Homeopathic formulas do not contain harmful chemicals. Such treatments are also targeted at to eliminate the cause and thus avoid recurrence.
Although, the effectiveness of homeopathic medication is debatable and there are pro and against arguments, more and more people are resorting to it. People who have a successful experience using homeopathic treatment swear by its effectiveness.
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Causes of Anogenital warts Warts
Following are some of the most common causes.
People who suffer from genital warts attract the virus by sexual contact.
In case of severe constipation, straining may cause tears in the surrounding areas which may attract infection of HPV. Try to eliminate constipation using suitable remedies.
Public toilets are usually dens of germs. These might be used by people who are already affected. If you cannot avoid using a public toilet, make sure to use the anti-septic or anti-bacterial wipes. It is also useful to cover the toilet seat with the toilet paper before sitting on it.
It can also happen to attract warts on anus without any sexual contact. If you get the virus on your hands and touch the surrounding parts of your anus, you may get the perianal warts. Good personal hygiene can reduce the risk.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do they cause pain?
No, initially they may not cause pain. Once they spread and becomes larger, may get irritated, itchy and inflammatory.
Should these be treated?
Yes, should be treated as soon as possible to avoid health issues.
What happens if left untreated?
If left untreated, may spread to other surrounding areas.
What Causes it?
HPV or human papilloma virus causes genital warts.
Are warts on buttocks (butt) classed as genital warts?
Yes, they are. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NAID) two thirs of people having genital contact attract genital warts within three months.
Who are at the risk factors?
Those who participate in unprotected sex, anal intercourse, contact with infected person, pregnant, and those who have a weaker immune system.
What are the symptoms?
At first may go unnoticed. But may develop the following symptoms
How are they Diagnosed?
For internal anal warts, the doctor may use anoscope to examine the tissues inside the rectum. For women, Pap smear may also diagnose the infection. External anal warts can be diagnosed by visual examination.
What are the treatment options?
- Laser Treatments
- Surgical incisions
- Home Remedies
- Topical Over the Counter Creams
Are the surgical treatments painful?
They may be carried under local or general anesthetic depending upon the level of surgery. Once the surgery is done, the patient may feel it painful for a few days.
Are there any topical treatments?
Yes, your doctor may prescribe creams and solutions for external applications. There are some over the counter medication available too. H-wart homeopathic formula has been found effective.