Hemorrhoids Or Anal Warts, HELP!
Is My Bleeding Due To Hemorrhoids Or Anal Warts?
Definition: Anal Warts are really condylomata acuminata, and they are caused by the HPV virus.
Just the thought of having the HPV virus causing warts in your anus is disgusting and many people are hoping that what they are experienceing are hemorrhoids and not anal warts
The reason it is important to tell the difference is because hemorrhoids are treated differently than anal warts.
It should be noted that the strain of HPV virus that causes anal warts is NOT the same as the strain of HPV virus that causes cancer.
What Causes HPV Anal Warts?
HPV, unlike hemorrhoids, is spread usually through sexual contact; however, any skin to skin contact can transmit the disease as long as there are tiny abrasions in the skin for the virus to enter through.
The most common place for these type of micro-abrasions are the anal and vaginal regions. This is one major difference between hemorrhoids and anal warts. Hemorrhoids are not contagious.
Once the virus is in the human body it can lie dormant for up to two years. During this time a person is still able to spread the virus even though they have no symptoms at all.
In fact, over 6.2 million new cases of HPV infection are reported in the United States alone per year, and at least 20 million people are already have HPV.
HPV Symptoms Are Somewhat like Hemorrhoids
Both anal warts and hemorrhoids can cause bleeding, but unlike external hemorrhoids, anal warts are pretty much painless. However, internal hemorrhoids, those above the anal opening are also very often painless and only become apparent by blood in the stool.
So how can you tell the difference between anal warts and hemorrhoids?
The HPV warts start out in tiny clusters which can grow into large clusters. They are scaly in appearance due to scabbing. Hemorrhoids are usually a large purple swelling which is actually an aneurysm of the blood vessels in the anal region
Anal warts have a distinct border around them where as hemorrhoids do not. Anal warts look somewhat like discolored cauliflower and they take a long time to develop compared to the rather rapid onset of an hemorrhoid flare-up.
How To Treat Anal Warts Vs. Hemorrhoids
In either case, you need to see a doctor because self-diagnosis can only take you so far.
In most cases topical ointments may be prescribed but they are vastly different in their preparations so you want to make sure you are using the right one.
With hemorrhoids there has been increasing interest in herbal and eastern natural cures. Things like applying ice directly to the hemorrhoids for almost instant relief. For more information on these types of cures you can read our review of Hemorrhoid Miracle here.
What do anal warts do to you? HPV effects?
The biggest problem with anal warts is that they are ugly and embarrassing which really puts a damper on your love life.
Of course, you will have a much bigger problem if your anal warts are not condyloma acuminata but some other more serious issue and that is why you need to see a doctor.
If you leave anal warts untreated it causes the tissues to become brittle and tear. This can lead to serious infection and unpleasant complications.
In rare cases anal warts can make their way in to the urethra and block urination. This is a serious problem.
Will HPV anal warts flareups go away on their own?
Unlike hemorrhoids, anal warts do not go away on their own as often. It can happen, but the opposite can also occur where the infected cells pass on their HPV infection to the surrounding cells. This is why it is important to treat HPV warts.
There have been many individuals who have had to undergo surgery and other invasive treatments because they mistakenly thought that they could ignore HPV warts and they would go away on their own.
Whether it is hemorrhoids or HPV warts getting the right treatment can bring swift relief.