Genital warts are a common problem caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases. The professional team at Loucas Dermatology in New York City offers several treatments for genital warts, from medications to laser wart removal, at their Manhattan office on the Upper East Side. For safe and effective treatment and removal of genital warts, call Loucas Dermatology or book an appointment online today.
Genital warts result from an HPV infection. While HPV is an extremely common STD with over 100 strains, only a few lead to genital warts.
You get genital warts by having sex with a partner who’s infected with one of the HPV strains that causes genital warts. It’s possible to become infected with genital warts even if your partner shows no signs or symptoms.
Genital warts cause small, bumpy growths to appear on the moist tissues in your genital area. These warts may vary in appearance and can be raised, flat, smooth, or rough. Sometimes they grow in small clusters, or appear as an isolated wart.
Genital warts can grow on the following areas:
In some cases, genital warts may itch, burn, or cause pain. They may also cause bleeding during intercourse. Other times, genital warts don’t create any symptoms at all.
Any sexually active person can get HPV and genital warts. HPV is extremely common, especially in people under age 30. At least half of sexually active people have had an HPV infection at least once in their lifetime.
In rare instances, infants can get genital warts during childbirth from an infected mother.
If you discover you have genital warts and want treatment, the expert team at Loucas Dermatology can help. All types of warts are notoriously stubborn, including genital warts, so you may need to try more than one treatment before finding the right one for you.
First, your doctor at Loucas Dermatology performs a physical exam and evaluates your warts. Then, they recommend the best treatment based on the location and severity of your warts. They may suggest starting with prescription medications, such as topical ointments or oral medicines to use at home.
If your warts don’t go away or are particularly bothersome, they may remove them with one of the following procedures:
If you’re looking for professional treatment for genital warts, call Loucas Dermatology or book an appointment online today.