What are Anal Warts and Skin Tags?
Anal warts are warts in the anal area that are caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV. They are an STD that appear inside and around the anus. They can also develop on the skin around the entire genital area.
When they initially develop, anal warts are very small and in most cases no larger than the size of a pinhead. However, they often grow significantly larger in size and can cover the entire area around and on the anus if they are not treated. They also are accompanied by bothersome symptoms including:
- Mucus discharge
- The sensation of a lump in the area
Alternatively, anal skin tags are not cause for alarm and typically result from prior hemorrhoid treatment. After a hemorrhoid is removed, the area may develop a skin tag that could be mistaken for a wart or a new hemorrhoid. While they pose no significant risk to your health, they can be annoying to deal with and make daily hygiene tasks more difficult.