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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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I have warts around my anal area, despite never having anal sex. I am a healthy 25 year old woman. I went to the doctor and they told me the warts can be spread by shaving and accidentally cutting the skin with a razor. So my one vaginal wart turned into about 10 anal warts in a cluster :( I was very apprehensive to get chryotherapy so my doctor recommended an all natural herbal supplement that boosts the immune system to kill the hpv vaccine along with a gel that you apply directly to the warts 3 times a week at night and wash off in the morning. I just started my treatment yesterday so we will see how this goes. Good vibes to all, you're definitely not alone in this :)





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Hi Karah, If you're speaking of the gel which i think you are you don't wash it off you reapply it after you shower. It's a small tube with a clear gel you usually dab it on a cotton swab and put in on the warts taking care not to get it on your skin.It is very powerful and usually a week or two you will have major improvements. It is best to take baths sit in the water for at least 30 minutes. Don't be surprised if one day while in the tub some of your warts fall off.Best wishes, good vibes to you too :)

27 bisexual male. Genetal warts in anus. I really hope this helps someone because this was such a process and one of the scariest things I have dealt with being a mostly healthy person. I felt like a lab rat in the process of getting rid of these things and finally ended up curing them with an over the counter product. Immediately went to the doctor when a few showed on my anus and was told I had hemorrhoids. Prescribed me a 1% creme. DO NOT USE THIS. It is a steroid and found out it makes them multiply. In which it did. Went from about 3 to 7 or 8 and protruded and itched horribly. Doc#2 Colon doctor checked, told me I had them externally as well as internally and needed to have them surgically removed. Neither had the funds nor time to take off for surgery so was not an option. Not to mention surgery on my ass and the thought of having bowels that would be horrible to pass. Doc#3 Dermatologist told me I didnt need surgery but used an acid called Podophyllin if im not mistaken. Put them on the warts, was told to leave on for about 4 hours and wash later. Did as told. The next morning and the next 3 days were THE WORST DAYS OF MY LIFE. It burned so bad I was not able to sit still. Soaking in a tub several times eased a little and had trouble sleeping because of the pain. It burned one of them off, following a week later, treatment number two same thing, burning again only took off one, several was still left. Finally I took matters into my own hands. Checked out some blogs that said Dr Sholes freeze away wart remover would work. On the package says do not use for genital warts. Being desperate i took my chances. Took the tool you use to freeze and froze all of my warts. Left them on for a bout 10-20 seconds until u can see them freezing. Waited til the next day as instructions said and put the wart remover acid on them. Get the package for large warts that comes with the acid clear solution. After the application of the solution...it burned some for about 5 mins..once it dries it will fell better. The next day some were peeling off. Several of them. I repeated the solution for about 3 days and one more treatment of the freezing. Within a week I am wart free. Soooo relieved. People this works. Please try it before you pay all your money to these doctors that dont make them clear all the way. I know this was long but I really want to share my success story bc they were a nightmare to deal with. Dont know if it helped but took echinacea daily to boost my immune system also. Good look everyone!





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I'm curious.... How did you get rid of your internal warts?

Male. 42. Straight. Never had any kind anal sex play. Anyhow, I went to the sexual health clinic today and discovered that I have anal warts (Low risk HPV 6/11). Turns out I could have had them for years or I could have contracted them from my partner who I've been with for a year. I had my first cryotherapy session today, and was it painful? Hell yes it was! I mean seriously painful! Though I wouldn't let that put anyone off... You must get this sorted out ASAP or things will more than likely get worse! Cripes, I need to go back for other freezing sessions (Which is normal) and at the end of the session is doesn't hurt at all. Just grit your teeth and go for it. Just don't grit your butt cheeks ;) Don't worry - the nurse / doctor has seriously seen it all, and put my mind at rest about it. The ONLY thing that worries me is talking to my girlfriend, and I mean seriously worries me... I love her dearly and don't want any harm or distress to come to her, so I need to tell her straight away. I'm just afraid of loosing her though this and also putting a dampner on our wonderful sex life. Eventually we want to try for a baby too., and am conscious this will affect things. I love her, but I need to be honest to her. Wish me luck! P.S. I don't mind if I caught the virus off of her; I love her and that won't change the way I feel about or towards her. She'll always be by true love, my sexy girl and my soul mate. I just pray she'll feel the same way...





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i am a 20yrs guy n i realised sam few months bk dat av got sam lumps in my ass i trrated it using podophylin solution but is camnn again n dis tym around is so deep in my ass . wat can i do.





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I was the worst sufferer when it comes to warts. I had jt on my hands feet and even face. I tried almost everything. So called expensive treatment only provided temporary relief phase but warts keeps coming again and again. Everytime with twice the number. Finally my uncle who is a homeopathy doctor suggested me Thuja 200. He came like a god to rescue me of my misery. It's a homeopathy medicine and trust me I got rid of my warts in a week completely and it never occured to me again. If you have a Homeopathy clinic just go and consult a doctor and ask for this drug. If not Try to search for this drug online and buy it online. Take two drops of it twice a day. Plus side is this drug is pretty cheap. Here in my place a bottle of it cost me less than a dollar. Just keep it mind not to use mint, coffee and liquor. Otherwise its effectiveness will decrease. Fellas give it a try .... You wont be disappointed nor you will have to waste your money on those expensive treatment which do not even guarantee its removal. You will not have to worry about your warts anymore. Keep smiling !!





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I was diagnosed with GW last week and it's hit me real bad. The sexual health nurse froze the three she could see on my penis and the top of my scrotum and said they may come, or they may not. The trouble is that within one week I spotted 4 others around my genitals and have a terribly itchy anus. I heard they can spread there as well, regardless of sexuality. So scared, depressed. Feel like committing suicide. I know you've probably heard a lot of people like me (scared freaks) but I feel lost, alone, dirty and unwanted. I know deep down that the worry will probably cause mea lot more grief than the warts themselves but I cannot help the episodes of tearful eyes, waking up in the middle of the night with my heart racing. I find mornings to be worse, very bad and stressful. I no longer feel like interacting with the world. I go to work unwantingly and stopped working out in the gym. It's hit me hard but I know I can still live.





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Hi Paul Sorry to hear that you are going through a real tough time. GW can happen to anyone - I am a female, very clean and conscientious but I got these and HPV from my fiancée - they are very easy to catch and many many people have them. Here in the UK schools are giving out HPV shots ( a bit like flu jabs) to teenagers as it is so common. You are not alone and if you start talking to people close to you or friends, you will soon find that they have also had them or HPV - it's just part of being human. The way forward now is just to treat them as you would anything else, flu, infection, by seeing a good doctor and then by being aware of the causes and how to avoid getting them again. Try and be proactive and you will soon feel in control again. Just freeze them off, take Aloe Vera, and that's it! Good luck and take care :)

Hi Paul, hang in there Bro. Things will improve in the meantime increase your fiber intake, going for walks, avoid sitting for long periods, keep the area dry,pick up a cheap bidet(these units are awesome not only will you be cleaner you will avoid the use of wiping. You want to pat dry). If you need someone to talk to Bro reply and i will get my email to you. Take care!

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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Hi Fred, Sorry to say but each person is different. The virus can remain in you for a very long time before any physical signs are seen. This is why it is so easy to spread. People may not show signs of the virus.

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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Hi Lauren, Make sure you increase your fiber. Go see your GP. You don't want to risk infection. You have bleeding which is a clear pathway for infection. You don't want the anal canal blocked in any way. It is very common and not a big deal when dealt with in a timely manner. Take care!

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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Hi Lucy Not sure what has happened since Jan seeing as it's June but I had the same and was told that over the ages of 35 the HPV would not go away but started taking Aloe Vera Juice twice daily and results came back normal after 2 months

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!





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