Anal warts, also known as condyloma, are growths found on the skin around the anus (rectal opening)
or in the lower rectum.
A person may develop anal warts months after coming in contact with an infected person. The warts appear as small flesh - coloured to gray bumps that may gradually increase in size. They may be single or many. They may be flat or hang on short stalks. They may be smooth or irregular resembling a small cauliflower. Smaller warts may join together to form bigger warts.
They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is transmitted from person to person by direct contact.
HPV is considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
You do not have to have anal intercourse to develop anal warts.
Since many individuals may be unaware that they suffer from this condition, sexual abstinence, condom protection or limiting sexual contact to single partner will reduce your potential exposure to the contagious virus that causes these warts.
Anal warts are caused by the human papilloma virus, which is usually transmitted through sexual contact but not necessarily through anal intercourse.
Many patients with anal warts have no symptoms.
Some patients may notice small growths in the anal area.
Itching, occasional bleeding, or moisture in the anal canal.
Feeling of a mass
Sexual partners should be checked.
Refrain from sexual activity until treatment is completed.
Use condoms. They offer some, but not complete, protection. Because anal warts are highly contagious, you will lessen your chance of recurrence if these suggestions are followed.
Take the necessary precautions to prevent trauma to the area, which can result in bleeding.
Be careful to prevent transmission to a sexual partner.
Because the warts themselves are infectious, avoid touching them. Do not pick or squeeze the warts.