Hemorrhoid vs Anal Wart Q&A

Hemorrhoid vs Anal Wart Q&A

Discover the difference and warning signs of hemorrhoids and anal warts and how the experienced doctors at The Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates can help. Call us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 330 The Woodlands, TX 77380.

Hemorrhoid vs Anal Wart Treatment Near Me in The Woodlands TX
Hemorrhoid vs Anal Wart Treatment Near Me in The Woodlands TX

Table of Contents:

What are hemorrhoids?
What are anal warts?
What causes hemorrhoids and anal warts?
What is the difference between hemorrhoids and anal warts?

There are certain conditions that, unfortunately, can make it painful to have a bowel movement. Typically affecting the anus, these conditions include hemorrhoids and anal warts, and can range from mild to severe. While these protuberances are typically small, they can cause a great deal of discomfort and may even be embarrassing to talk about. Fortunately, there are a number of safe and effective treatments for hemorrhoids and anal warts that can ameliorate symptoms and improve quality of life.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swollen tissues that occur on the anus and lower rectal area. Hemorrhoids are caused by increased pressure. The most common symptom of hemorrhoids is bleeding when passing a bowel movement. Other symptoms can include itching, pain when passing a bowel movement, and pain when sitting down. Hemorrhoids are common and usually do not cause any severe health problems, but if left untreated, can develop into serious complications that require immediate medical attention. Because treating hemorrhoids is relatively easy and straightforward, it is imperative to receive the proper care for hemorrhoids before they develop into more pressing concerns.

What are anal warts?

An anal wart also called anal papillomatosis or anal papules is a growth on the anal canal that is caused by HPV. Anal warts are a common skin lesions that is typically painless, although they can sometimes cause discomfort, bleeding or itching. Anal warts are caused by a virus and can be treated with medication, although they may also be removed in a similar manner to other wart removal procedures, such as freezing or burning.

What causes hemorrhoids and anal warts?

Anal warts are a type of genital wart and are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection (STI). In young people, HPV may go away on its own and might not cause any signs or symptoms; however, the virus can linger in the body and cause genital warts, which may lead to other complications. While some types of HPV can lead to cancer, the type of HPV that causes anal warts does not generally lead to cancer. In general, HPV is spread from one person to another by skin-to-skin contact with an infected area of a person with HPV, such as the mouth, anus, penis, or vagina; intercourse is not necessary to spread the infection.

On the other hand, hemorrhoids are caused by excess pressure on the anal or rectal regions, such as from lifting heavy objects, sitting for prolonged periods, and straining during bowel movements. It can also be caused by obesity or pregnancy, as both of these conditions place a higher amount of pressure on the internal structures, including the anorectal region. Furthermore, hemorrhoids can also be caused by a low-fiber diet and eating highly processed foods.

What is the difference between hemorrhoids and anal warts?

Hemorrhoids and anal warts both affect the same region, but are very different in many ways, including:

Hemorrhoids Symptoms:
• Bloody streaks on stool
• Itching around the anus
• Pain or discomfort when sitting
• Lumps near the anus

Anal Warts Symptoms:
• Itching
• Bleeding
• Discharge from the anus
• Lumps around the anus

Hemorrhoids Treatments:
• High-fiber diet
• Topical ointments, available over-the-counter
• Warm baths
• Keeping anus clean
• Fragrance-free towelettes
• Over-the-counter pain relievers
• Surgery to treat blood clots
• Minimally invasive procedures for recurring hemorrhoids

Anal Warts Treatments:
• Topical medication to freeze or burn warts
• Surgery to remove large or internal warts

If you are experiencing hemorrhoids or anal warts, come to The Woodlands Colon and Rectal Associates for professional care. Call us today to book an appointment for hemorrhoids or anal warts treatment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 330, The Woodlands, TX 77380. We look forward to serving you! We are conveniently located at 920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 330, The Woodlands, TX 77380. We serve patients from The Woodlands TX, Shenandoah TX, Conroe TX, Tomball TX, Magnolia TX, Cypress TX, Montgomery TX, Cleveland TX, Houston TX, Kingwood TX, and Humble TX, Willis TX, and beyond.