Frequently Asked Questions

Some of our most asked questions from patients.

What are genital warts?

Genital Warts, at a glance, are a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) spread easily by skin-to-skin contact. Genital warts are a small growth occurring in the anal or genital areas, caused by a virus that is spread especially by sexual contact.

How can I remove/treat genital warts?

Genital warts may be removed by freezing them (cryotherapy), burned off (electrocauterization), or removed with surgery or by lasers. In some cases, they are treated with injections of interferon.

What do genital warts look like?

Genital warts are growths or bumps that appear on the vulva, in or around the vagina or anus, on the cervix, and on the penis, scrotum, groin or thigh. They may be raised or flat, single or multiple, small or large. Some cluster together forming a cauliflower-like shape.

Whatever the treatment, here are some important points to remember:

  • It is advisable to seek medical advice before starting treatment for genital warts.
  • Ask your doctor for an explanation of the treatment, including the costs and likely benefits.
  • Be sure to understand the follow-up instructions, such as what to do about discomfort and when to seek help.
  • Be patient – treatment often takes several visits and a variety of approaches.
  • If you are pregnant or think you might be, tell your doctor so he or she can choose a treatment that won’t be harmful to you or your baby.
  • Don’t use over the counter treatments which are not specifically for genital warts. These are not meant for sensitive genital skin.
  • It is recommended to avoid sexual contact with the infected area during treatment, to protect the treated area of skin from friction and help it heal.

What Are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

The symptoms of hemorrhoids include:

  • Extreme itching around the anus
  • Irritation and pain around the anus
  • An itchy or painful lump or swelling near your anus
  • Fecal leakage
  • A painful bowel movement
  • Blood on your tissue after having a bowel movement

What causes Hemorrhoids?

The veins around your anus tend to stretch under pressure and may bulge or swell. Swollen veins (hemorrhoids) can develop from an increase in pressure in the lower rectum. Factors that might cause increased pressure include:

  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Sitting for long periods of time on the toilet
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Anal intercourse
  • Low-fiber diet