A wart that is confined primarily to the moist skin of the genitals. These warts are due to viruses belonging to the family of human papilloma viruses (HPVs) which are transmitted through sexual contact. The virus can also be transmitted from mother to baby during childbirth.
Most people infected with HPV have no symptoms but some of these viruses increase a woman’s risk for cancer of the cervix. HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. It is also the leading cause of abnormal Pap smears and pre-cancerous changes of the cervix in women.
Once contracted, the virus can stay with a person for life.
- Warts, plantar
Warts that grow on the soles of the feet. Plantar warts are different from most other warts. They tend to be flat and cause the buildup of the top layer of the skin (that has to be peeled away before the plantar wart itself can be seen. They can be quite painful. Plantar warts are […]
- Wasp sting
A sting from a wasp, which can trigger allergic reactions that vary greatly in severity. Avoidance and prompt treatment are essential. In some cases, allergy injection therapy is highly effective.
1. Gradual loss (for example, of weight), deterioration, emaciation. As in a wasting disease. 2. Excessive depletion. As in salt wasting, the excessive loss of salt.
- Watchful waiting
Closely monitoring a patient’s condition but withholding therapy until the sign and symptom appear or change. Also called observation.
1. A tasteless odorless colorless liquid with the chemical formula H2O. 2. The liquid which forms rain, rivers, and the sea and makes up a large part of the bodies of most organisms, including humans. 3. The amniotic fluid, as in the bag of waters. 4. The cerebrospinal fluid, especially under increased pressure, as in […]