HPV Specialist

Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas

Women's Health Clinic located in Dallas, TX & Rockwall, TX

HPV viruses can have potentially dangerous consequences, including cancer. The Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas doctors provide preventive care exams, STD testing, and treatments for HPV. With two locations in Dallas and Rockwall, Texas, the team is committed to providing quality care for women. Whether you need testing, a checkup, or if you’ve been experiencing symptoms, call or click to schedule an appointment.

HPV Q & A

What is HPV?

HPV, or the human papillomavirus, refers to a group of over 100 related viruses. HPV infection typically causes warts, both on the genitals and other areas of the body. Some strains are sexually transmitted, and when left untreated can lead to cervical cancer.

What are the symptoms of HPV?

HPV symptoms appear in different places depending on the type of infection, but warts are the most common visible sign.

Warts are small bumps that are usually flesh-colored or white, and often grow on the hands and fingers. There are different types of warts. They don’t always get the chance to develop because in many cases, your immune system can fight off the infection.

Genital warts

Men and women may see genital warts as a sign of sexually-transmitted HPV.

Flat warts

Flat warts are smaller than common warts and occur on the face and legs. They’re especially prevalent in children and adolescents.

Plantar warts

Plantar warts are harder and appear on the balls of the feet or the heels.

As with any virus, you might also feel tired as your body spends much of your energy fighting the infection.

What causes HPV?

The HPV virus enters your body, typically through abrasion or a small cut in your skin. Skin-to-skin contact is a common way the virus is transferred. Genital HPV infections are transferred through sexual activity, and HPV warts are especially contagious.

What are the complications and risk factors for HPV?

Most HPV infections don’t lead to cancer, but there are some types of sexually-transmitted HPV infections that can lead to cervical cancer or cancer of the anus, penis, vagina, vulva, and throat.

Some of the risk factors include:

  • Aging
  • Damaged skin
  • Personal contact
  • Numerous sexual partners
  • Weakened immune system

What are the treatments for HPV?

The Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas team provides quality diagnostic testing and treatment methods.

Your Women’s Health Specialists doctor uses diagnostic tests such as a physical exam to check for warts, a Pap test, a DNA test, or an acetic acid test. Once your doctor diagnoses you with HPV, your treatment plan will focus on removing problematic warts. There are several methods for doing that, including:

  • Surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Medications, such as salicylic acid
  • Cryotherapy — freezing with liquid nitrogen
  • Electrocautery — burning with an electrical current

Visit the Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas for testing, treatment, and compassionate care of HPV and HPV warts. Call or book your appointment online.