Advanced OB/GYNE Associates
Obstetricians & Gynecologists & Women's Health Clinic located in Hoffman Estates, IL & Arlington Heights, IL
If you have human papillomavirus (HPV), it can lead to severe complications, including cancer. Dr. Das, Dr. Griggs, Dr. Kruyukov, and Dr. Khalid all provide sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, preventive care exams, and effective treatment for HPV at Advanced OB/GYNE Associates in Hoffman Estates and Arlington Heights, Illinois. Utilizing state-of-the-art testing and screening methods, Dr. Das offers quality health care for Chicagoland women. If you have HPV or if you suspect you might and need testing or a checkup, call the office today or use online booking to schedule an appointment.
HPV Q & A
What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus is a group of more than 100 viruses that are related and usually cause warts on the genitals and other parts of your body. Some strains of HPV are sexually transmitted and can lead to cervical cancer if left untreated.
What are the symptoms of HPV?
The symptoms of HPV manifest in different places depending on the type of infection you have. Warts are one of the most common visible signs. They’re usually small flesh-colored or white bumps that generally grow on your hands and fingers.
There are different types of warts, and in some cases, they don’t have the chance to develop, since your immune system successfully fights off the infection. Other symptoms of HPV include:
Both men and women might notice genital warts as a sign of sexually transmitted HPV.
Plantar warts occur on the heels or balls of your feet and are harder and often grow inward.
Flat warts are smaller than common warts and appear on your legs or face.
What causes HPV?
HPV warts are especially contagious. The virus may enter your body through skin contact, an abrasion, or a small cut. Genital HPV infections are transferred through sexual activity.
What are the risk factors and complications for HPV?
While most HPV infections don’t lead to cancer, some forms of sexually transmitted HPV can lead to cervical cancer or cancer of the penis, vagina, anus, vulva, and throat.
Some of the risk factors include:
- Being older
- Damaged skin
- Personal contact
- Multiple sexual partners
- Weakened immune system
How is HPV treated?
Dr. Das offers numerous treatments for HPV and provides diagnostic tests such as a physical exam and Pap test. If your Pap test is abnormal, Dr. Das may recommend a colposcopy to examine your cervix, vulva, and vagina for signs of disease.
During a colposcopy, Dr. Das may collect a small sample of cells for further testing. She can use a colposcopy to diagnose genital warts, cervical inflammation, and precancerous changes to any tissues.
Once HPV is diagnosed, your treatment plan is centered around removing warts. They can be removed with:
- Laser surgery
- Traditional surgery
- Medications, such as salicylic acid
- Cryotherapy (freezing using liquid nitrogen)
- Electrocautery (burning with an electrical current)
If you have HPV, it’s imperative to take care of your reproductive health. Call or use online booking to schedule your consultation.
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