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We know that the human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer and may put us at risk for other medical conditions. Some strains of this virus may cause genital warts, one of the most common types of sexually transmitted infections .
Genital warts are soft growths that look like a small cauliflower or flat gray or flesh-colored spots that appear on and around the genitals, including the penis, vulva, urethra, vagina, cervix and anus. They can also appear on the lips, mouth, tongue and throat. There are normally no other symptoms with genital warts but some people may experience increased vaginal discharge, genital itching or vaginal bleeding during or after sex.
Detection of Genital Warts
Many people who have genital warts have no symptoms and never know that they are there as they are not always easy to see without special equipment or procedures. Pap smears and HPV tests are the first tests performed to determine the presence of warts or the HPV virus.
Warts are growths on the skin that occur in response to a viral infection. Warts come from the human papilloma virus , or from one of its 48 different subtypes, and enter the skin by direct contact. They thrive in moist environments but can occur anywhere. Once on the skin these viruses develop into nodules , usually gray-colored, benign protuberances that are highly contagious and easily spread by skin contact. Some warts will disappear over time if the immune system recognizes it as a virus and produces an antibody , but this is very rare. Warts are most effectively treated and removed by dermatologists. Warts are found in multiples, do not bleed or itch, and with the exception of the plantar wart on the foot, do not cause pain. They are most commonly found on the fingers, hands, and soles of the feet. On the hands they are pale with a roughened appearance. Skin lines tend to go around them rather than through them. On the neck and face, warts tend to be small and smooth, while the painfu...
Tongue tie is a condition in which the bottom of the tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth by a band of tissue called the lingual frenulum.
This connection restricts the free movement (range of motion) of the tongue's tip.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The exact cause of tongue tie is not known.
Genes may be involved, because tongue tie is reported more often in some families.
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