Common Lumps & Bumps – Warts

Warts What are they? Warts, otherwise known as verrucae, are the result of the skin’s epidermal cells infected by the human papilloma virus (HPV). This results in overgrowth of this cell layer and subsequent keratinization, leading to the distinctive appearance of the wart. Warts can be flat, raised or pedunculated. They generally are skin colored but may appear brown or tan. Warts can be found on any part of the body. When they are in the groin region, they are termed as condylomata acuminata. Why do I get them? Warts are caused by the...

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HPV Vaccine for Men and Women – Go get it!!!

It is not often in medicine there comes along something that makes Doctors go ‘This is great! Everyone should get this!’ The Gardasil HPV Vaccine is one such thing. By the end of this article, I hope you are so convinced that you are running out the door to get vaccinated. Let’s start by understanding what HPV is. HPV is a virus that is spread through direct contact. i.e. skin to skin contact, sexual contact including vaginal sex, oral sex, anal sex, even handjobs. Basically any sexual contact and condoms offer zero protection against...

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Perianal Warts

Perianal Warts (aka Peri-Anal Warts, Condyloma Acuminata) are flesh colored, cauliflower like growths in and around the anus that is caused by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). How do I know I have it? Frequently, people only find out they have Perianal Warts if it starts to bleed especially after wiping with toilet paper. Or if their partner notices it and informs them. You will be able to feel the growths with your fingers or see them with a mirror. Perianal Warts do not cause any pain or itch. How can I catch it? Perianal Warts is caused by...

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Genital Warts (Human Papilloma Virus)

Genital warts appear on the skin anywhere in the genital area as white or flesh-coloured, smooth, small bumps, or larger, fleshy, cauliflower-like lumps. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), a diverse group of viruses which variously infect the skin and mucous membranes of the body. While the majority of the over 200 subtypes do not cause clinically significant disease, about 30 of them infect the genital area. Of these, a few cause warts and in some cases can lead to cancer of the cervix, vulva, anus and penis. How do I get...

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