Warts Questions and Answers Archive

Jan
2001

Q&A: Is it true that you can't get pregnant during your period?

Question:

Is it true that you can't get pregnant during your period?

- Christine

Answer:

 Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG - LocateADoc.com

If it is a true period, that is correct during the first day of two of flow. The problem is, not all vaginal bleeding is a period. Sometimes there is bleeding at midcycle when fertiliy is high. Always use a condom to prevent AIDS, herpes, warts and infertility. Use the pill to prevent pregnancy. Good luck. Daniel Potter, MD havingbabies.com

-- Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG
Fullerton, California



Sep
2000

Q&A: Why have I developed warts on my body and genitals?

Question:

I need to know a doctor in this area that would treat for genital warts. I have been on immunesupression drugs since 6/17/1995 when I received a single lung transplant. Several months ago I began to break out with warts first on my ankles and arms, hands, and legs. Then I began to notice growths in my vagina. I did go to a walk in clinic and was diagnosed with warts. I have not had a husband or relationship in many years and my husbands are dead. I donot feel this was a case that would have happened if I my immune system was healthy. One of the medicines causes skin problems. I stopped the medicine and I have not had any new growths, however, the ones I have are getting larger and I fear that I am in terrible trouble if I don't get help soon.The clinic sent me to a dermatologist and he took the ones off with lazer on my ankles and back and arms. All the doctors I have tried, say they are not taking new patients at this time. I live in Lakeland, Fl and know there must me someone around here that could treat me. I have to be kept in a sterile room and not left in a room with a lot of people because I am so suseptable to disease. I also have diabetes, high blood pressure due to my medicine of prednisone and prograf I am on cardizen, predisone, septra,albuterol/atrovent,glucotrol,.5mg of klonopin. Do you think you can help me to find some doctor that would be willing to cope with my condition and treat this on going problem. Thank you for your consideration,I forgot to mention that I have been in chronic rejection since Jan 1996 and am in a electric wheel chair. I also am on oxygen 24/7 at 2 liters. It would help me so much if I knew that my doctor understood how important this treatment is to me.

- Betty

Answer:

Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG - LocateADoc.com

Your's is a very complicated problem. I would go t the nearest university affiliated teaching hospital where they will have more expreiences with such cases

--Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG
Fullerton, California



Aug
2000

Q&A: What can I do to remove a very large planters wart from the ball of my foot and not leave a scar?

Question:

On your list of doctors I wasn't sure who to ask so...I have had a planters wart for three years and have tried everything to get rid of it. Acid, lazer, anti cancer drug, scrapping, but nothing has helped. The doctor suggested surgury, but said I would have lots of scar tissue. Is there anything I can do or anyone I can write to to ask what else I may try. I am in pain and it encompasses most of the ball of my foot. I don't know if you can help with this question, but if you know who I could ask could you please let me know. Thank you

- Denise

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

I have found that the best treatment for severe plantars warts is a combined treatment. What I have my patients do is to use commerically available wart remover but use it in the following manner. Apply one drop on the area then apply very strong tape (like mole-skin) over the drop. The next day, tear off the tape and put another drop of the solution on. Keep doing this until the entire area turns white. It will then be possible to remove the thickened skin. Then continue with the same process until all of the thickened skin is gone and you will see the tiny capillary bed where the wart virus lives. There should be many tiny dark spots at that level. At that point I have my patients come to the office and I use a KTP laser to ablate the individual nests of virus. I have found this treatment very useful so as not to cause scarring on the bottom of the foot. Hope this helps.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Jul
2000

Q&A: Can I get gonorrhea because I am 15 and my cervix is not fully developed?

Question:

One day i was talking with my brother about sex, and he mentioned i shouldn't be having sex at my age ,15, because i can get gonorrhea, since my cervix isn't fully developed. Now i haven't heard about getting it that way before but i do know its an std and how dangerous it's consequences can be but i just wanted to double check on this one .

- Lorraine

Answer:

Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG - LocateADoc.com

You should wait until you are older and can make better decisions before having sex. If you are going to have sex, you need to use a condom to protect you from HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital warts, herpes, etc. Gonorhea and chlamydia can render you infertile.

--Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG
Fullerton, California



Nov
1999

Q&A: Could my two children have issues as a result of my having vaginal warts at the time of their births?

Question:

I have two children and both were born vaginaly and I have warts can they cause health risks for my kids? even if I have no warts surfaced? my son is three and my daughter is 2months old please e-mail me asap i'm really worried about this and our docters dont tell me anything at all about this std thank you so much (worried)Aimee Jones

Answer:

Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG - LocateADoc.com

Transmission of warts to newborns delivered vaginally is possible but very, very rare. If they are infected, it will usually cause problems with their vocal cords and larynx. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists does not believe c-section is warranted in women with warts (even active disease)in order to prevent transmission becuase transmission is rare.

--Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG
Fullerton, California



Nov
1999

Q&A: Is there a cure for genital warts?

Question:

I found out approximately a week ago that i have genital warts, I'm 20 yrs old and it has been so upsetting to me. The doctor gave me a prescription called aldara, but i've been told there is a cure..please help me..is there a cure? I know someone who lived in georgia about 17 years ago and he got warts from his wife (she got it from pregnancy) and he received an injection and he no longer has warts.. I would be grateful for the information you can provide to me.. Thank you celeena

Answer:

Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG - LocateADoc.com

There is no cure. Sorry. The virus incorporates its DNA into that of your cells. Fortunately, most people do not have ongoing problems with the disease. It remains relatively inactive in most people infected. The are various treatments to control the disease. These include local destructive therapy (laser, acid) and immunomodulaors. Regular pap smears are very important for women infected with HPV (the virus that causes genital warts) as some strains are associated with an increased incidence of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is essentially always treatable in patients with regular pap smears (at least yearly).

--Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG
Fullerton, California



Oct
1999

Q&A: Which specialty would be seen to check for warts on the penis?

Question:

Which specialty would be seen to check for warts on the penis?

- Jeff

Answer:

Dermatology

--William C. Howland III, MD
Austin, Texas