These present as swellings that can appear on the skin around the anus or even inside the anal cavity. They are highly contagious and are transmitted through sexual contact.
Anal warts are an aesthetic issue, but they can also be uncomfortable when defecating, and cause embarrassment to those who suffer from them. Therefore, in many cases, removing them is the best option. But, how are they removed? We’ll explain below…
- 1 The procedure will depend on the warts
- 2 Removal of perianal warts with pharmacological treatment
- 3 Excision and cauterization of deep anal warts
- 4 Home treatments for anal warts
- 5 What happens after removing anal warts?
- 6 Frequently asked questions
The procedure will depend on the warts
Not all anal warts are treated the same way. In fact, this is why it is recommended to see a proctologist to diagnose them, as simply feeling lumps in the area is not a definitive indicator that they are warts; they could be other conditions such as hemorrhoids.
Once the doctor confirms that the lumps are warts consistent with those generated by HPV, they will indicate the best way to treat them. They might suggest one of the following ways to remove anal warts.
Removal of perianal warts with pharmacological treatment
When warts are only around the skin of the anus (what is known as perianal warts), they can be treated with antiviral creams.
There are two types of creams that can be used:
- One alternative is creams that destroy the warty tissue, such as salicylic acid gel, podophyllin, etc.
- The other option is creams that locally activate the immune system, like Imiquimod.
Whichever it is, the cream must be prescribed by a doctor, who will tell you how to apply it and for how long to effectively remove the anal warts.
Excision and cauterization of deep anal warts
When the warts are not in the perianal area, but a little further inside the anus and the edges, the use of creams is ruled out due to the location.
These are interventions performed by a specialist in a controlled environment, like an operating room or medical office. Their recovery is a bit more complex than with pharmacological treatment, but it’s much more effective and faster at removing anal warts.
Home treatments for anal warts
Finally, an option might be the well-known home treatments for warts… But these are only applicable if the warts are perianal and few in number.
Deep anal warts or a large number of them are not susceptible to these types of natural treatments, which include the use of:
What happens after removing anal warts?
It’s a bit frustrating, but they could come back… Removing them doesn’t guarantee their complete disappearance. The only way to ensure they won’t reappear is by eliminating the virus, and only your immune system can do that when it is optimized to the maximum.
That’s why it’s important to have habits and a diet that boost the action of the cells of your immune system.
And remember that, even if the warts are removed, you could still transmit the virus. Latex barriers are useful to reduce the probability of transmission during sexual relations, although they are not 100% effective.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Frequently asked questions
Can HPV warts go away in men?
Warts from HPV can always be removed in men. But if you’re wondering whether they disappear on their own without seeing a doctor, it depends on your immune system. If you have a strong immune system, you will be able to get rid of HPV warts naturally.
What happens if you leave HPV warts untreated?
If you leave HPV warts untreated, they can continue to grow in size and new warts may appear. It is always best to follow some treatment to remove the warts.
How do you permanently get rid of HPV warts?
The best way to get rid of warts permanently is by getting rid of the HPV virus. Once you’ve eliminated the virus, it will be impossible for the warts to return.
Can you have anal or genital warts without HPV?
No, the only way you can get genital warts is from the HPV virus. If you don’t have the virus, you will never get warts.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Wilson. Dr. Amy Wilson, born in the United States, obtained her medical degree from Lincoln University School of Medicine. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, she’s dedicated 15 years to women’s health, becoming a distinguished gynecologist and serving in various U.S. medical institutions.