Human Papillomavirus (HPV) or condyloma acuminate is the most common STD in New York; approximately 20 million Americans are infected with HPV. An accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for HPV is important, since some strains of the disease can cause cervical and penile cancer. Incorporating skin care with other treatment aspects of the disease can help keep you healthier.
If you’d like to learn more about HPV skin care treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the health that you deserve.
There are between 30 to 40 different types of HPV, most of which are transmitted via sexual contact. Some forms of HPV cause visible genital warts, while more high-risk strains can progress to precancerous lesions and even cancer. In fact, HPV is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancer.
Most HPV infections are temporary and don’t have long-term effects; 70 percent of HPV infections resolve without treatment within a year, and 90 percent within two years. In about 10 percent of women, the infection continues and progresses, leading to a higher risk of precancerous lesions and cervical cancer. The good news is that proactive strategies (like yearly Pap exams) are excellent at detecting any abnormal cells before they become cancerous or even precancerous.
The strains of HPV that cause cancer are not the same strains that are responsible for producing genital warts. HPV warts are spread through physical contact, and usually appear as a small bump or groups of bumps in the genital area. They vary in size and shape.
Treatment of HPV is very important since some strains can cause penile and cervical cancer. Dr. Green offers private, discrete, and expert genital wart treatment for rectal, penile, and vaginal warts. Treatment options include topical prescriptions such as Podofilox, electrocaurtery wart removal, and laser surgery to destroy the warts.
Prevention of contracting several strains of HPV can be achieved via the HPV vaccine. If you are between the ages of 9 and 26, you may be eligible for an HPV vaccine.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of genital warts and have concerns that you may have HPV, there’s a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether Dr. Green’s combination approach toward skin care for HPV treatment may be right for you.