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Genital Warts

A common sexually transmitted infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that affects the genital area.

What is it?

These warts appear around your genitals and rectum and are caused by skin-to-skin contact with an HPV-infected partner, often during vaginal, anal or oral sex. Not wearing or using protection during sex and having multiple partners increase your chances of getting genital warts. There are many types of HPV, and just a few can cause genital warts. Low-risk HPV types cause warts on the vulva, vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, penis or scrotum. 

Some types of HPV, referred to as high-risk HPV, can develop into cancer if left untreated. While contracting genital warts does not mean you have cancer, it is important to monitor their appearance and see a dermatologist to receive a proper diagnosis. While people might feel embarrassed by these growths on their genitals, seeing a dermatologist can provide peace of mind while getting a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Genital warts appear in various sizes and shapes. Some people notice small, scattered skin-colored bumps, while others might experience a cluster of bumps that can be raised, flat, smooth or rough. These warts may cause discomfort, mild bleeding, genital itching, and/or a burning sensation.

How is it treated?

Genital warts usually disappear on their own after five to ten days because the immune system can fight off the infection. However, once the virus has entered your system, it stays forever (the virus remains, and warts eventually go away). 

If you want to treat genital warts more efficiently, we can help you remove them through cryotherapy, laser treatment, topical skin medication that can be applied directly to the warts, and—in more severe cases—surgical removal. Removing these warts has proven beneficial in helping lower the risk of spreading the virus and relieve any pain or itching. Our team of board-certified dermatologists in our Bexley Dermatology office can help determine the best treatment plan for you.

We would love to get started on a solution that perfectly fits your needs.