Warts

Warts are small, usually painless growths on the skin caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) which enters the skin through scrapes, scratches and other breaks in the skin. Most warts are raised with a rough surface in the shape of a circle or oval, but on occasion they can be flat with a smooth surface. Warts can be spread through direct contact, but not everyone exposed to a wart will develop one, as each person responds differently to HPV.

The professional staff at Phoenix Skin Dermatology offer different treatment measures for warts depending on factors such as the type of wart, size and location. Different treatments include medication, surgical removal, or cryotherapy (frozen off). Some warts often need multiple treatments for complete resolution.

Different Types of Warts
Common Warts: Typically cauliflower topped bumps found most often on the hands, but can grow anywhere. Flat warts are a type of common wart, that are flat-topped with a smooth surface, generally found on the face and forehead.

Plantar Warts: Generally rough and spongy with dark pinpoints (these are typically tiny capillaries that supply blood to the wart). The color of these warts can be gray, brown, yellow or skin colored. Plantar warts are found on the sole, heel, or ball of the foot and can be painful due to walking or running on them.

Subungual and Periungual warts – Rough in texture with a cauliflower top, the periungual wart is commonly found around the fingernails or toenails, while the subungal wart is found underneath the fingernails and toes. Left untreated these warts can become painful and the larger they grow the more painful they will be until they elevate the nail to the point where it detaches from the nail bed completely.

Genital Warts
Phoenix Skin is the expert in diagnosing and treating genital warts and HPV in Phoenix, Arizona. Our professional staff in Phoenix and Scottsdale have been treating genital warts (also known as penile warts, anal warts, vaginal warts, rectal warts) and HPV infections for over 20 years in a private, caring and compassionate manner.

If you think you have genital warts, please schedule an appointment with us at Phoenix Skin Dermatology. We offer online or telephonic appointment scheduling and Saturday office hours at our North Scottsdale location for your convenience and privacy. Want to know more about genital warts? Send us an email to contact@phxskin.com and a member of our team will respond to you within 24 hours.

What Are Genital Warts?
Genital warts are single or multiple bumps that appear in the genital areas (labia, penis, anus and rectum) of men and women.

About Genital Warts
Genital warts are viral lesions that look like small growths, technically known as condyloma, and are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Genital warts can be found on both men and women and are generally passed between sexual partners.

What is HPV?
Human papiloma virus is a wart virus passed on through genital contact most often during vaginal and anal sex and in some cases oral sex. Men and women can get HPV and pass it on without realizing it because HPV usually causes no symptoms.

It is very important to get checked for HPV because some types of HPV can cause genital warts while other types can cause cervical cancer in women and penile and anal cancer in men. Oropharyngeal cancers (cancers of the back of throat including base of tongue and tonsils) can occur in both men and women.

How Do You Get Genital Warts?
Genital warts are very contagious and can be spread during oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected partner.

Genital Warts in Men
Certain types of HPV infect the genital areas of men, including the skin on and around the penis or anus. They can also infect the mouth and throat. Below are some types of genital wart symptoms in men:

  • Growths on the penis, urethra, testicles, groin, thighs, or anus (one or more growths).
  • Single, grouped, raised, flat, or cauliflower-shaped warts that are usually painless.
  • Warts may appear within a few weeks or even months after sexual contact with an infected person.
  • In some cases, the HPVt know because the warts never manifest themselves externally. However, infected people can still pass the condition on to sexual partners.

Genital Warts in Women
Certain types of HPV infect the genital areas of women and they can also infect the mouth and throat. Below are some types of genital wart symptoms in women:

  • The warts are typically characterized as grey or flesh-colored and develop on the labia, inside the vagina, cervix and around the anus.
  • Many times, the appearance and continual presence of these warts are painless, but itching, unusual discharge, and redness may occur. Occasionally, sufferers of genital warts do in fact experience a great deal of pain due to their advanced condition.
  • In some cases, the HPVt know because the warts never manifest themselves externally. However, infected people can still pass the condition on to sexual partners.

Genital Wart Treatments
The professional staff at Phoenix Skin offer different treatment measures for genital warts depending on factors such as the size and location of the genital warts. Different treatments include medication, surgical removal, or cryotherapy (frozen off). The warts often need multiple treatments for complete resolution.

The treatment for genital warts will only relieve sufferers of the symptoms and discomfort brought on by the virus. However, it will not eliminate HPV from their system and may not lower the chances of passing HPV onto a sex partner since no cure for it has been found.

Why Should Genital Warts Be Treated?
Early recognition and prompt treatment can help prevent later complications of genital warts.

What To Expect During Your Office Visit
Our caring staff at Phoenix Skin Dermatology can usually diagnose genital warts through direct visual examination. This involves a thorough examination of the thighs and the pelvic region, as well as the mouth and throat areas. In some instances a biopsy of a lesion is necessary to confirm the presence of HPV.

What Should I Do After Treatment?
The Phoenix Skin staff will schedule follow-up visits after the treatment to ensure the absence of recurrences as genital warts can be very resistant to treatment. Post-treatment care guidelines are also given to all patients.

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