The caring and experienced professionals at Phoenix Skin Dermatology are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of genital warts and HPV. The providers in the Phoenix and Scottsdale offices 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. Should you need to know more about genital warts, send an email to email@example.com.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.
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 HPV virus is contracted but the carrier doesn’t know because the warts never manifest themselves externally. However, infected
people can still pass the condition on to sexual partners.
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 HPV virus is contracted but the carrier doesn’t know because the warts never manifest themselves externally. However, infected people can still pass the condition on to sexual partners.
Phoenix Skin provides 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 on to a sex partner since no cure for it has been found.Read about our Medical Director Dr. Lee Laris Hide Article