[Question #5493] Hpv warts

20 months ago
Hi, 
Hoping for some clarity.  About 14 years ago I went to a dr who used liquid nitrogen on me she felt I had genital warts. To this day I have very similar spots still and had two children , numerous Pap tests and was to a gynaecologist a month ago no one feels I have any. So unsure if I did and it’s gone or not. My partner also had warts 14 years ago and his persisted for a number of years. I still see none on myself. He has not seen any in a few years.  I do have a spot on my upper thigh not inner thigh like just down from hip bone, that is very tiny with a ruffled edge it’s same color as my skin. I never thought much of it until recently because I fear it may look like a wart. My questions are could I have cleared warts? Might this one lesion be one? Is it possible myself and my partner have cleared them? Or will we always just pass it back and forth or always worry they will show up as his did for years? I fear being contagious especially on my upper thigh as I have a small child who loves to sit on my lap ( it’s summer both in bathing suits and this lesion easily touched skin to skin in that manner) and I feel quite abit of anxiety over this issue. I understand hpv is common I’m just very upset with thoughts of having it or transmitting it to any partner I may have or child. Any information you could give to shed some light for me would be great. As far as seeing a dermatologist the referral takes forever so I’m  looking for whatever advice you can give.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
20 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  I happened to be on line so you are getting a response more quickly than is typical.  I'll do my best to help.

Thanks for the detailed description.  My guess is that the doctor who saw you 14 years ago mistook some other sort of skin lesion for a wart.  There are many, many benign skin conditions which can be mistaken for warts.  Most of these would respond to liquid nitrogen therapy which basically destroys the lesion that is present.  This is common.  My response is in large part based on your report of multiple examinations since that time and multiple negative PAP smears which would have likely shown some sign of infection if you were infected.   The lesion of your thigh is in a very unusual location for a wart and sounds more like a skin tag than a genital wart.  

I hope this information is helpful to you.  Given your long lesion free history, I would urge you not to worry further about what may or may not have been a wart n the distant past.  I hope these comments are helpful to you. EWH
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20 months ago
Thank you so much for your fast response that does make me feel much better, so the fact that my long time partner has had them for sure in the past with a number of years of recurring warts until last couple of years and I am unvaccinated as I am 39 and didn’t get it when I was younger. I should still feel worry free. Also so my lesion is barely raised with a cracked looking appearance through a magnifying glass as well as one side has a lifted ruffled edge. This could be a akin tag ? And yes it’s in a very dry area very top of thigh  thank you
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
20 months ago
I really don't have any explanations beyond what I've said above. I have not examined you.  Your negative PAP and GYN exams are stronger evidence than anything else.  Not much more to say I'm afraid.  

I do not have any good explanations for Your partners apparent warts and that you do not seem to have acquired them other than to say that this is not the first time we've seen such things.  EWH
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20 months ago
Thank you for your advice I have no further questions, I’ll go with the advice and ease my mind
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
20 months ago
I applaud and support your decision.  We'll close the thread now.  Take care and please don't worry.  EWH
P.S.  BTW. Please stay off the internet.  Much f what is said there is incorrect and will mislead you. EWH
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20 months ago
Hi, 
I hope I can still submit one more question? I had to see gp this morning for unrelated issue so I showed the spot which he did freeze off. He said wart but not likely  genital  is it possible it wasn’t and was a common wart. And either way are the odds great I could have transmitted given the location? Any information would be helpful. Just very worried about genital warts and don’t understand how I got a wart on my upper thigh 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
20 months ago
If the lesion on your thigh was a wart, I agree with your PMD that IF the lesions was a wart (sounds like your PMD was not sure and was not worried). it was far more likely to be a common wart than a genital wart.  Your question regarding your fear of transmission suggests that you are worrying about something that should not be worried about.  Everyone gets wart infections of some sort- transmission is not well understood but simply it is not a serious health problem.  Please don't get caught up on this.

This is my 4th reply to your questions.  Our forum guidelines call for up to three responses.  Thus this will complete this thread which will be closed shortly.  EWH
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