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.
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.
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?
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.
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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