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Dr Pixie V/O: How ever embarrassing your problem its best not to let it get out of control and 35 year old Christina Davis has been sitting on hers for months.

Christina V/O: I’ve had this condition about 7 months. I can tell that it’s getting worse as I’m leaving it and nothings being done about it.

Dr Dawn: Christina hi, come on in. How are you doing? What can we do for you today?

Christina: I think I’ve got piles. I’m finding it’s really painful to go to the toilet.

Dr Dawn: Can I have a little look at them, then we’ll get on and treat them for you.

Christina: Ok, thanks.

Dr Dawn: Okey cokey. Ok, all right Christina, you haven’t got piles. What you have got, I’m afraid, is quite significant anal warts. Ok, they’re not the worse I’ve ever seen but you’ve definitely got warts. Don’t worry, they’re very common. We see something like 70,000 new cases of warts in the UK every year.

Christina: That’s high.

Dr Dawn: Lots of people get them.

Dr Pixie V/O: Anal and genital warts are a type of sexually transmitted infection. They are passed on by skin on skin contact and not through bodily fluids which means condoms don’t give complete protection. If you have an STI it’s advisable to get checked for all the others at a genital urinary medicine clinic or by your GP.

Dr Dawn: So, I’ll get Dr Jessen to pop in if that’s Ok.

Christina: Ok.

Dr Dawn: Because he’s great at freezing these off.

Dr Jessen: Now listen; if we are going to freeze them, I have to warn you it’s going to hurt a bit.

Christina: Ok.

Dr Jessen: Is that Ok?

Christina: Yes, that’s fine.

Dr Jessen: If you don’t like it just thump me and I’ll stop. Ok, here we go, are you ready? 3, 2, 1 (uses freezing gun) All right?

Christina: Yep.

Dr Jessen: Not too sore?

Christina: It’s really cold.

Dr Jessen: They’ve actually gone white and solid.

Christina: Are they? Are they actually like ice?

Dr Jessen: They are.

Dr Dawn: You know when they were pink before, they’re now like little hard ice balls, they look white.

Dr Jessen: Ok, that’s it. All done. Was that all right? Not too sore.

Christina: It really stings a lot.

Dr Jessen: It will.

Christina: It’s worth it to get rid of them.

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Consultation: Anal Warts

Up to 70,000 cases of anal and genital warts are diagnosed every year in the UK, and they are usually spread by sexual contact. In this Embarrassing Illnesses consultation, Dr Dawn Harper uses freezing as the method of ridding anal warts from a patient who has been sitting on them for a long time!

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if some one has the worts and you have sex with them how long does it take be for you see them on you





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I had warts since I was 9 I had a couple on my knicker line under my arm pits and under my neck I had all of them tied of with thread.I'm now 19 and have the same around my bum and knicker line again I don't understand why they've come back there they ain't painful but if I go for a poo they to bleed as they cover the hole entrance to my anus I don't know how to get rid of them can anyone help?





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I had genital warts when i was 19. Got it cleared up went to the clinic gave me cream. All gone but i had a litle feeling one had always stayed kinda hanging out my butthole, kinda. Im now 25 and im facing loop surgery as the hpv infection has caused the cells in my cervix to turn extremely abnormal. Pre cancerous / cancer. They cannot determine at this stage all i know is they have to cut part of my cervix. I actually cant believe it.





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24 year old straight hetero male with anal warts... Diagnosed by my family doctor 3 days ago after deciding its time to get checked up because i was picking up blood when I was wiping my bum for 2-3 weeks. I was also going there thinking and praying hemorrhoids all the way because I read everything matching my symptoms on the web and fell on warts most of the time so I wasn't surprised of the big bad news but I never had gay intercourse or any sexual use of my anus so I was still shocked of it being an STD... I aparently have tiny ones on my penis that I had mistaken for something natural and unfortunately ugly....unfortunately... I feel guilty of being late on the self diagnosis but ive only been with 1 girl in the last 18 months atleast.... I have my first official check up by a dermatologist(expert) in 3 weeks (the warts are already too big to my.mind and down right scary)... My family doctor told me that they are probably gunna put me to sleep and burn them....Im worried with the "probably" part and never really had anyone tell me that was how its going to be.... And also the apparently frequent revisits worry me for my job. My question is.... I dont care about scars because Im afraid of amputation if It's possible? Has a heavy anal warts or penis ever necessitated amputation? I might have anal cancer for all I read online... All I can say is that they are big and pink around my anus and probably going inwards





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I dont think that genital warts would ever necessitate amputation, even if your urethera became blocked you could just be catheterised. In terms of your question about cancer- if the doctors are concerned they will take a biopsy, or you can request one. Having genital warts does increase your future risk of anal/penile cancer but I'm not sure if it is by a sognificant amount. In the mean time there are a variety of treatment options and the suitable treatments will depend on the site and size of the warts and your personal preferences. I used a cream called aldara for anal warts, which enhances the bodies natural clearance of the virus which causes them. This could also be used on your penis. There are also other topical treatments (all on prescription, do not use any over the counter wart treatment), freeze therapy and rarely surgical removal. The freeze therapy does require repeat visits to the dr. Hope this is helpful! Good luck!

any one got the best treatment/or cream to use on getting rid of anal warts please help just noticed them so don't think had them for long please help - thanks





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Hi, I've got a few warts at the entrance of my anus too....they have recently begun bein itchy. Is there any over the counter wart removers that I could use? If the warts are left longer could it cause any other problems in the body? Thanks





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I was just wondering what i should do with anal warts, they are making me depressed knowing that they are there, and dont know what to do?





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Hi I noticed a couple bumps around my anus a couple years ago,then they started spreading by which felt like by the dozen,then they got bigger,but now I notice they are getting smaller and not uncomfortable as before,what could it possibly be if not anal warts?i am straight,never had anal sex,and if they are anal warts,how can I treat them without a doctor,cause I dont have health benefits );





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I am actually disgusted with myself, I found a wart at the opening of my V and I knew strait away what it was got it checked and got rid of it and now they're coming up around my butt, I hate having them and I hate knowing that I have them. Luckily I had only just noticed the one on my V got it frozen and apparently the more you can tolerate of the freezing stuff the better.. So I'm gonna hate putting my butt through all this pain and I feel so disgusting and ashamed.. It's just my luck that when I have my first and last one night stand I catch something :( it's a poop and I hope I can get it sorted as easily as last time :(





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I got anal warts about a year ago, but assumed they were hemorrhoids until I noticed a couple of extra warts away from the anus. I went to a GUM clinic and they confirmed it was warts. It came as a surprise - I've never had anal sex and have only had one partner in over ten years. GUM clinic did cryotherapy, and after 8 weeks it has almost gone. Previously, they were massive. May not work for everyone, but I would recommend cryotherapy, whether or not you have access to free sexual health clinics (e.g. UK).





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