Robert G Yavrouian, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Colon and Rectal Surgery located in Los Angeles, CA & Glendale, CA
Anal warts can develop as a result of a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Although anal warts often start small, they can expand to cover the whole anal area if they’re left untreated. Colorectal surgeon Robert Yavrouian, MD, offers effective anal wart solutions in his two offices in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles and Glendale, California. Arrange your appointment by calling Dr. Robert Yavrouian, or clicking the online booking link.
Anal Warts Q & A
What are anal warts?
Anal warts, also known as condyloma, appear in and around your anus. The warts usually start small but can expand to overtake the whole anal area.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes anal warts. Usually, the infection occurs through sexual intercourse but you can also develop HPV leading to anal warts with other types of contact, including touching the anal area.
What are the symptoms of anal warts?
The symptoms of anal warts aren’t always obvious. Usually, anal warts don’t cause pain, but you might experience:
- Soft anal area bumps
- Anal itching
- Anal bleeding
- Mucus discharge from your anus
- Feeling of a mass in your anus
Anal warts can sometimes cause symptoms that mimic other issues, such as hemorrhoids. So, if you have any of these problems, it’s best to call Dr. Yavrouian to arrange an evaluation as soon as you can.
How do you diagnose anal warts?
Dr. Yavrouian reviews your medical history and current lifestyle, then performs a physical exam to diagnose anal warts. He may need to perform a brief procedure, anoscopy, in which he examines your anal canal using a slender illuminated scope.
What is the best treatment for anal warts?
There are several treatment options for anal warts. Dr. Yavrouian assesses your situation carefully to determine which method can give you the best results with the lowest chance of recurrence.
Options can include any of the following:
You apply topical medications, typically in cream form, directly to external anal warts around your anus. Creams are usually indicated primarily for smaller warts.
In some cases, Dr. Yavrouian may recommend an in-office procedure in which he applies a liquid nitrogen solution that freezes the anal warts. The warts then shrivel and fall off.
With chemical cautery, Dr. Yavrouian applies a solution such as trichloroacetic acid to your external warts. This burns the unhealthy tissue, and it shrinks and falls off.
For large external anal warts and internal warts, Dr. Yavrouian may need to remove the warts surgically. If you have a large number of anal warts or have other internal issues, he may perform your surgery in two or more stages.
Dr. Yavrouian customizes anal wart treatments to make sure that you get the very best solutions. Schedule your appointment by calling Dr. Robert Yavrouian, or clicking the online booking tool.
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