HPV and Genital Warts

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One of the most prevalent viruses in the United States is the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 known strains of the virus and nearly half of them can affect the genital area. A common way that HPV impacts the genitals is the development of genital warts, which may show up as one wart or a group of warts.

At first, people who contract the virus do not have any symptoms of infection. Warts may not appear for several weeks or even months after exposure to the virus. Signs and symptoms of genital warts include:

  • Small red bumps that seem to be growing larger
  • Clustered formations of bumps that look like cauliflower
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Bleeding

For females, genital warts frequently appear on the vagina, cervix, groin, or vulva. For males, the penis, scrotum, and groin are impacted. For both male and females, warts can appear in the mouth as well.

Warts are likely contagious and need to be treated promptly. We realize that people are often embarrassed to seek treatment for genital warts. The compassionate team at Medical Dermatology Specialists will put you at ease as we work quickly to diagnose and remedy the problem. Nationally recognized dermatologist Dr. Jamie Weisman will meet with you to determine a customized treatment plan to remove genital warts and the virus that caused them.

Treatment options will vary by individual and may involve medicine or an in-office procedure. There are a number of effective medications that Dr. Weisman may prescribe. Depending on the specific type of warts, other options for removal are via laser, cryotherapy, excision, or electrocautery.

The skin in the genital area is delicate and sensitive. Medical Dermatology Specialists offers gentle and effective solutions to safely remove the warts. To prevent a recurrence or further spreading of the virus, we encourage lifestyle changes that will protect you in the future. For confidential diagnosis and treatment of genital warts, call our office today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.