The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the source of condyloma acuminata (anogenital warts), a sexually transmitted infection that can lead to CA incidents of HPV-6 or HPV-11 infection.
- Small, flesh-colored or gray growths which comes in groups and can vary in size.
- itchiness and mild pain.
- Bleeding during bowel movements if scratched or irritated.
Depending on wart size, location, and number. Some common approaches include:
- Topical medications: Creams or solutions containing imiquimod or podophyllotoxin are applied directly to the warts.
- Cryotherapy: This involves freezing the warts using liquid nitrogen.
- Electrocautery or laser therapy: In these procedures, a medical professional uses an electrical current or laser to burn off the warts.
- Surgical excision: The warts may be cut out using surgical instruments. This method is usually reserved for larger or more extensive warts.
- Interferon injections: In some cases, injections of interferon may be used to stimulate the immune response against HPV infection.
Remember that although treatment can remove visible warts, the virus may still persist in the body, and the warts may recur. It is essential to follow up with regular medical checkups and practice safe sex to reduce the risk of transmission. HPV vaccines are also available and recommended for prevention, especially before exposure to the virus.
If you suspect you have condyloma acuminata or any genital warts, consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and personalized treatment.