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What Are Anal Warts?

Our Manhattan Gastroenterology’s NYC anal warts doctors now offer safe and effective anal wart removal. Our doctors are board-certified, renowned colorectal surgeons who work with our award-winning gastroenterologists when treatment is needed.

Anal Warts, also called condyloma acuminata, are among the most common sexually transmitted diseases affecting men and women. Rectal warts are skin growths that can develop around the genitals and anus. Some may even be inside the anal canal, and these types of warts are observed predominantly in persons who have had receptive anal intercourse. However, these can also develop in men and women who do not have a history of anal sexual contact.

Anus warts should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by a physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. It may be a symptom or sign of a severe illness or condition.

Studies have found that people affected with certain types of anogenital warts are more likely to develop anal cancer. The risk of cancer development increases further in those who are immunosuppressed or have an infection with HIV. At Manhattan Gastroenterology, our doctors are board-certified gastroenterologists and the best-in-class anal warts specialist in NYC.

What Causes Anal Warts?

One of the anal warts causes is the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. It has many different subtypes, some of which are associated with cancer development. The subtypes that cause anogenital warts are not typically cancerous. This, however, raises the likelihood of infection with the other subtypes that cause anal and cervical cancers. As mentioned previously, anogenital warts are the most common sexually transmitted disease. You do not need anal intercourse to develop rectal warts as any surrounding skin can be affected.



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What Are the Symptoms of Anal Warts?

Anatomy of Anal Warts
Anatomy of Anal Warts

Because affected individuals usually do not have symptoms, they may be unaware that they have anogenital warts and risk transmitting the disease to others.Those who have anal warts symptoms may experience:

  • Itching
  • Bleeding
  • Mucus discharge
  • A feeling of a lump or mass in the anal area.

What Is the Treatment for Anal Warts?

The NYC anal warts removal doctors offer various modalities for treating anogenital warts, and in most cases, we can treat these lesions in the office. The size, number, morphology, and anatomic site of the wart, as well as patient preference, convenience, and possible adverse effects, all influence the selection of anal warts NYC treatment.

Different treatment modalities offered by the NYC anal warts specialist include:

  • Topical 
    – These are medications that are applied topically either by the patient or the provider
  • Cryotherapy
    – This treatment modality involves the destruction of the affected tissues by freezing
  • Laser therapy
    –  A laser anal wart surgery is a more involved treatment using a laser that requires us to perform the procedure in the clinic
  • IRC
    – Treatment using a narrow beam of infrared light to the affected area to coagulate the affected tissue.
  • Surgical excision

HPV affects the anus in the same way it affects the cervix as these consist of the same cell types. Anyone who has rectal warts or receptive anal sex should have an anal pap smear. This test involves inserting a small swab into the anus and gently brushing the swab in the anal canal to collect cell samples. The sample is sent to a laboratory to be checked for virus subtypes that cause warts as well as any changes in the cells that make up the anus lining. If abnormal cells are discovered, a high-resolution anoscopy (HRA) is warranted.

How Can You Prevent HPV Infection?

Because the majority of those affected have no symptoms, the transmission of this disease is highly common. Remember that using condoms does not completely protect you from HPV infection because there may still be infected areas with which you come into contact.

The best way to prevent HPV infection is through:

  • Abstinence
  • Avoiding having multiple sexual partners
  • Get vaccinated: Gardisil is a vaccine that is directed against the HPV types associated with anal and cervical cancers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any home remedies for anal warts?

This health disorder can sometimes be treated with topical medication. This anal warts treatment may be adequate for tiny warts that are limited to the anus’s outer area. If this is the case, prescription medication can be used. Certain drugs for rectal warts treatment should only be applied by the best anal warts specialist in NYC.

You can also make use of the following anal warts creams:

  • Imiquimod
  • Podofilox
  • Podophyllin
  • Trichloroacetic acid
  • Bichloroacetic acid

How are rectal warts diagnosed?

A physical examination of the anus is usually used to diagnose anal warts. A healthcare provider will use an anoscope to examine the inside of the anal canal and identify the presence of warts. Inspection is usually enough to determine whether the bumps are HPV-caused rectal warts.

A biopsy may be performed by a healthcare provider in some cases. It entails collecting a sample of the wart tissues and sending it to be examined further. We can take this measure if warts do not respond to treatment or worsen despite treatment.

What are Internal and External anal warts?

Anal warts are classified into two types: internal and external. External anal warts develop on the anus (exterior). Internal anal warts occur within the anal canal (the interior area between the anus and the rectum)

What do anal warts look like?

They appear as small bumps, slightly bigger than the head of a pin. Small anal warts may go unnoticed at first. They can have a cauliflower-like appearance as they grow or when many of them are clustered together. Warts can be peach, yellow, pink, or light brown in color and can blend in with your skin.

Who is at risk of anal warts?

People run an increased risk of getting exposed to this health condition if they:

  • Have unprotected sex
  • Have anal intercourse
  • Have multiple sex partners
  • Have had sex with a person suffering from HPV
  • Have a predisposition to a disease

Rectal warts can develop even if you only have one sexual partner. Condoms do not fully protect against them.

How Genital Warts Are Passed On?

HPV (which is responsible for around 90% of genital warts) is mainly spread through direct skin-to-skin contact, which occurs when an infected site on one person’s skin comes into direct contact with the body of an uninfected person. This happens when you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. Rarely, when a woman with HPV gives birth, the virus might be passed on to her baby. Genital warts are not spread through kissing, hugging, sharing baths or towels, bedding, swimming pools, toilet seats, or sharing glasses, plates, or kitchen utensils.

For more information about anal warts removal offered at Manhattan Gastroenterology or to schedule a consultation with an anal warts specialist doctor, please contact our Upper East Side NYC gastroenterology office.

Important Reminder: The only intent of this information is to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult a doctor about your specific condition. Only trained, experienced doctors like our doctors can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Updated on Dec 10, 2021 by Dr. Shawn Khodadadian (Gastroenterologist) of Manhattan Gastroenterology Manhattan Gastroenterology Locations: Manhattan Gastroenterology (Upper East Side) 983 Park Ave Ste 1D, NY 10028
(212) 427-8761
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(212) 533-2400
Manhattan Gastroenterology (Union Square) 55 W 17th St Ste 102, NY 10011
(212) 378-9983

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