Genital warts are growths on the skin of the genital area and/ or around the anus. They are caused by certain types of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of HPV. Some types of HPV produce warts on different parts of the body and some can lead to certain cancers — these are called high-risk types of HPV. And some produce genital warts. Most genital warts are caused by one of two types of HPV — types 6 and 11. Genital warts can appear in the mouth or genital area — the vulva, vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, penis, or scrotum. They are passed from one person to another by skin-to-skin contact, usually during sexual intercourse. Genital warts are very common. Between 500,000 and 1 million people get genital warts every year. Common genital warts symptoms are flesh-colored, soft-to-the-touch bumps on the skin that may look like the surface of a cauliflower. They often grow in more than one place and may cluster in large masses. Genital warts usually are painless, but they may itch.
At American Health Center, our doctors and nurse practitioners have extensive knowledge and experience in treating genital warts and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). To schedule your consultation today, please call us at 847-255-7474.