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Oct 27 2011

CDC Recommends Boys Receive HPV Vaccine

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CDC Recommends Boys Receive HPV Vaccine

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Oct 30 2010

Cryotherapy is one effective treatment for warts

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Cryotherapy is one effective treatment for warts

Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen to remove common warts may be more effective than salicylic acid or a wait-and-see approach, according to the results of a randomized controlled trial reported online September 13 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

“Cryotherapy is widely used for the treatment of cutaneous warts in primary care,” write Sjoerd C. Bruggink, MD, from Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, the Netherlands, and colleagues. “However, evidence favours salicylic acid application. We compared the effectiveness of these treatments as well as a wait-and-see approach.”

This is a great treatment for warts – but not the only one.  Many more options exist than were tested by this study – so be sure to review all of your options for treating warts with your doctor.

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Jul 29 2009

Can I get rid of penile pearly papules?

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Can I get rid of penile pearly papules?

Pearly penile papules are small raised nodules (bumps), usually 1-2 mm in size, which are located around the rim of the penis head in the form of string of pearls.  Usually developing during adolescence, they have been reported in up to 35% of males. Uncircumcised men are more likely to have pearly penile papules.  Very often these lesions are confused with genital warts, although there is no known link between warts and pearly penile papules.

Pearly penile papules are NOT cancer and are NOT spread via contact or sex. Most men with penile papules do not seek medical treatment.

Men do not need to have them removed but some men feel uncomfortable having spots or dots on the penis.  Some men are worried that a partner my not have sex with them because they look like warts or other sexually transmitted bumps such as herpes.

Many treatment methods have been tried, including circumcision and freezing. But these methods had proven to be either ineffective or have side effects.

Until recently,burning and carbon dioxide laser were considered the most effective treatment options.

Radiofrequency surgery was introduced into dermatology, it became a great option to remove unwanted papules effectively, safely, and with no scarring or bleeding.  Originally used to remove papules on the nose or other small bumps radiofrequency removal is an effect technique.   Because radiofrequency uses radio waves and not electricity, there is less damage to surrounding tissue and its small and light hand-piece allows for more precise and complete removal.

Usually one treatment is enough to remove all penile papules.

Treatment area is numbed with lidocaine cream making the area not sense pain or heat.   The skin takes a week to ten days to heal.  Patients can resume daily work activities that same day but we encourage no sexual relations until the healing process is finished

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Jun 04 2009

Not all penis bumps are warts (part II)

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Not all penis bumps are warts (part II)

In a previous post, we discussed penile pearly papules.

Lichen planus can also cause bumps on the penis.  This condition is an inflammatory condition – NOT an STD.

Classical lichen planus is characterized by shiny, flat-topped, firm papules (bumps) varying from pin point size (‘guttate’) to larger than a centimetre. They are a purple colour and often are crossed by fine white lines (called ‘Wickham’s striae’). They may be close together or widespread, or grouped in lines (linear lichen planus) or rings (annular lichen planus). Linear lichen planus can be the result of scratching or injuring the skin. Although sometimes there are no symptoms, it is often very itchy.

Lichen planus may affect any area, but is most often seen on the front of the wrists, lower back, and ankles.  They are also commonly found on the penis.

Sometimes it may be necessary to take a skin biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.  One of the best treatments for lichen planus on the penis are injections with cortisone.

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May 29 2009

Does the doctor need to get a biopsy before freezing my penile warts?

Does the doctor need to get a biopsy before freezing my penile warts?

Penile warts are diagnosis that a trained doctor can make without a biopsy.  If patients have many warts or ones that look suspicious for other lesions like cancer I often biopsy a representative sample and freeze (with liquid nitrogen) or burn (electrocautery) or laser (C02 or YAG) the rest.  If a patient has warts on the foreskin and wants a circumcision I sent the tissue for biopsy. 

If your doctor didn’t send a biopsy and it didn’t come back that’s fine.  If it keeps coming back and there was never a biopsy ask your doctor to sent a piece to the lab or make sure they are convinced its not cancer.

 

I hope this post is helpful.  Go to our find a physician tab if you need an evaluation

Thanks,

Dr. A.

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Dec 29 2008

Treating Warts: A True Balancing Act.

Treating Warts: A True Balancing Act.

Treating penile warts presents several problems to the patient and to the treating physician.  The ideal treatment would be non-invasive, non disfiguring, quick, painless and it would eliminate the risk of any wart recurrence.

The ideal treatment does not exist.

Most treatments offer some sort of balance between expedience, invasiveness, and recurrence.  The correct treatment really depends on patient preferences, patient medical history, and the doctor’s experience.

Treatment options include:

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Dec 06 2008

Myths and Misconceptions of Genital Warts

Myths and Misconceptions of Genital Warts

Genital Warts are among the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases, but people lack the right information to help prevent or treat this condition. Clear, correct, updated information regarding human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts is difficult to find. The result is that a lot of myths and misconceptions regarding genital warts abound. In some cases, these mistaken beliefs may even do harm. Inaccurate information may have several physical and emotional ramifications on the sufferer. For instance, he/she may suffer from severe anxiety over his/her condition, doubt the faithfulness of his/her partner, undergo an expensive and painful treatment that could otherwise have been avoided, or worst of all, neglect having his/her condition treated and risk his/her health.

 

This article tackles the most common misconceptions and busts these myths in order to make more people understand genital warts and HPV better.

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Nov 19 2008

Not all penis bumps are warts

Not all penis bumps are warts

Penile pearly papules are tiny bumps on the rim of the glans or head of the penis.  It is common for young men to be concerned about the dots because they look like warts or other growths.  They are usually very small a couple of millimeters in diameter and are clear or pearly in appearance.  If you have these don’t be alarmed.  A note of caution just because you have pearly papules doesn’t mean you can ignore other bumps or lesions on your penis.  Everyone who is not practicing safe sex and notices lesions that are suspicious should seek medical attention.

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Nov 13 2008

Warts On The Penis

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Warts On The Penis

Warts on the penis can be embarrassing – but should be treated.  If untreated, you can spread them to your partner or develop into cancer.

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