Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that enters the body through a cut or abrasion and causes warts. Some types of HPV infection have been linked to cervical cancer, and cancers in the anus, penis, and vulva. HPV vaccines are available to prevent cervical cancer and warts.

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I had HPV and LEEP 12 years ago. Are my current symptoms due to cancer?

Query: Dear doctor, I am a 32 year old female. I had HPV and LEEP 12 years ago. Now, I have the following symptoms: Bleeding during sex. Heavy periods. Extra painful abdomen pain. Heavy feeling of fatigue and headaches. Could I have cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. All the symptoms you have mentioned warrant a doctor visit with a full examination and Pap smear as a minimum, and colposcopy to be very sure. With your HPV and LEEP background, it is even more important that you get this done on priority. In all probability, it may be...  Read Full »

How to get rid of bumps on the back of the throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-years-old female. I am a non-smoker and occasional drinker. I have had bumps at the back of my throat for almost six months. I do not have any symptoms except the feel of something stuck in my throat. I thought it to be cobblestone throat, but I am worried it might be HPV. I go...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your throat picture (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity), it seems to be congested with few bumps and not HPV (human papillomavirus). It is most commonly seen in laryngopharyngeal reflux and pharyngitis. As you do not have any ...  Read Full »

How to cure the wart-like growth on my foreskin that is recurrent?

Query: Hi doctor, I had wart-like growth on my foreskin. I consulted a doctor, who asked me to get a circumcision done. So I got the circumcision done. The biopsy result showed that they were viral warts (condyloma acuminatum), and the doctor gave me tablet Valtoval for a month. After going through the int...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. You are right in saying that genital warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), and even the biopsy of the excised skin confirmed the same. Although there are some reports that Valtoval (Valacyclovir) has some eff...  Read Full »

Will at-home teeth bleaching cause irritation or bump in gums?

Query: Hi doctor, Does HPV cause bumps on gums? I noticed that I had little bumps or papillomas on my gums a couple of months ago. It was primarily in the front of my gums, and now it is also seen in the back as well. I also bleach my teeth regularly with at-home bleach strips. Could that cause irritation...  Read Full »

Dr. Disha Kandi Yermal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and attachment. But attachments are not that clear to see the kind of growth (attachments removed to protect patient's identity). Oral HPV (human papilloma virus) shows signs and symptoms of papillomatous growth, mostly on lips, tonsil...  Read Full »

Do I need a PAP smear if I have a long-term homosexual relationship?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female in a long-term relationship with a girl. We have both never been in a relationship with anyone else nor had any sexual activity with other people of either gender before. Do I need to get my Pap smear test done? I have recently been to my gynecologist and was...  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? I do not see any reason for you to get the test done. Let me explain why. Pap smear or Papanicolaou smear is taken from the outer and inner surface of the cervix called ectocervical and endocervical area respectively. When your cervix, especiall...  Read Full »

Can the small bumps on my penis without any symptoms be genital warts?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed two small bumps on my penis shaft. I do not have any other symptoms. Are these bumps genital warts? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the pictures that you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). I am not very sure to diagnose it as warts in your case. Generally, genital warts could appear as small bumps with the same color as surrounding s...  Read Full »

Can a genital skin tag be an HPV infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a skin tag, and I am not sure of what it is. The skin tag is not itchy or painful, but they are raised. I do not take any medications for this. I am scared about an HPV infection. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern, and I will surely help you.I have seen all the images shared by you (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). It does not look like genital warts. As you are not experiencing itchiness and burning sensation, I guess it to be a ...  Read Full »

What are the first signs of oral cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been very worried about my health lately. I would like to preface this by saying that I have been experiencing anxiety off late and I have a suspicion that some of these symptoms could be related to that. I am currently weaning off of Prednisone, which I have been taking for an all...  Read Full »

Dr. Saravan Pramod Settipalli

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. I want to clarify details regarding who advised you to start Prednisone, and for how long have you been on it as this a drug which suppresses your immunity and causes a secondary infection. Care should be take...  Read Full »

Is the Cervarix HPV vaccine given only for females?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 36-year-old male. Today the doctor gave me the HPV vaccine Cervarix because my wife got HPV. I read the Cervarix given to females, not men. I took my first injection from Cervarix. Should I stop it? Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. N Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com As your wife got HPV (human papillomavirus), it is better for you to get vaccinated. The human papilloma vaccine can also be given to a male. It is not like HPV is given only to females. It can be given to males under certain circumstances. Please get your vaccinati...  Read Full »

What causes lumps on the base of the penis?

Query: Hello doctor,I have small lumps on the base of my penis. I am not sure about the duration of the lumps, but I feel like they are increasing in size. I am sexually active with my partner for three years.Kindly help me know what it is.Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concerns. I have gone through the pictures you sent (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). I need more information to comment anything on them. Kindly let me know the answers for the following; 1) When did you notice them...  Read Full »

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