One of the conditions we can treat at our Greater Pittston urology office is something called condyloma. You’ve probably not heard them called this name before, but more commonly, condyloma refers to genital or anal warts. Now, we understand this can be a health care topic some folks don’t even want to know about. However, the truth is that condyloma is one of the more common sexually transmitted diseases that affects both women and men.
As your Greater Pittston urologist, I hope the more we shed light on subjects like this, the less taboo or embarrassing they become to talk about!
Genital and anal warts aren’t the same as the human papillomavirus or HPV, they’re actually caused by it. Even though HPV has 100 different strains, there are two subtypes (6 and 11) that are responsible for 90 percent of condyloma outbreaks. It’s important to note that HPV spreads through skin-on-skin contact during sexual activity, and you don’t necessarily even need to have vaginal or anal intercourse to spread the infection.
HPV can be tricky. Some people who become infected show no symptoms at all and the infection clears away without medical intervention. However, other patients will develop warts in an around their genital or anal area. A diagnosis of the disease by your urologist in Greater Pittston usually follows the presence of small growths that tend to vary in shape and size. Warts can appear as large, raised bumps that look like cauliflower to small spots like pimples. They can range in color from pink, grey, red, or even flesh tone.
Like we said before, genital warts are actually more common than you think. It’s just something we don’t go around talking about with people. They affect millions of people around the world each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 75 to 80 percent of sexually active men and women will become infected with HPV during their lifetime. Health experts say that about 15 percent of people in the U.S. are already infected and over 50 percent of girls will get HPV within two years of starting to have sex. While contracting HPV doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have condyloma symptoms as we discussed here, there’s always a chance.
At our Greater Pittston urology office, we can treat condyloma non-invasively in comfort and privacy. Treatment generally includes the use of a topical resin called podophyllin or bichloracetic acid. The application is easy and takes only a few minutes. If the infected area contains a large number of warts, they can also be surgically removed. Most patients can get relief from their condyloma symptoms in just one easy visit to the office. Some people require a followup visit to ensure treatment is working and you’re listening to the doctor’s recommendations.
Please don’t be embarrassed or ashamed to call our urology office in Greater Pittston to talk today. We’re here for you and will help you every step of the way until you are healthy and happy again.