Genital warts or condylomata acuminata

Written by: Dr. Urbà González
Edited by: Top Doctors®

There is a type of skin warts that have an infectious origin. They are usually caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Human papillomavirus

These warts can appear in different areas of the body. The most common sites are the hands, soles of the feet, face and genitals. In this last location the most common route of transmission is sexual contact.


Treatment of genital warts


There are different alternatives for treatment include cryotherapy or freezing with liquid nitrogen, laser or surface removal surgery or curettage.


Genital warts in men


In the case of men, genital warts are usually easily detectable to the naked eye. It is therefore very advisable to go to the dermatologist at the slightest suspicion and when the warts are small and few in number. Then the treatment is usually simple and fast.


Genital warts in women


In women, genital warts may go undetected, and even affect far into the genitals as the cervix. Early diagnosis and treatment are very important to prevent the growth and spread. Also in women cervical involvement predisposes most to the development of cancer in this location. This is why regular gynecological examinations recommended in every woman.

Another nearby location to the genital region is affecting the perianal region quite often both sexes and should be valued in all genital warts infection. In this area the diagnosis and early treatment is also very important because of the possible internal extension to the rectal canal.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Urbà González

Doctor cum laude and extraordinary Prize in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Dr. Gonzalez completed his doctoral thesis at the Rockefeller University in New York. He specializes in medical-surgical Dermatology and Venereology since 1992. It participates actively in the Cochrane Collaboration in the field of dermatology based on evidence.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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