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How The HPV Vaccine Can Prevent A Rare Type Of Skin Warts And How You Can Treat The Condition After The Fact

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The human papilloma virus, or HPV, is a viral infection that is often present in the vaginas or penises of those infected and then is transmitted to others via unprotected sex. While most people have no signs, symptoms or issues with this virus, it can cause cancer in a small percentage of the population. It can also lead to some very bizarre and rare skin warts, such as those that plagued an Indonesian man. Here is how the HPV vaccine could have prevented this dermatological condition, and how you can treat these warts if your dermatologist says you have the same thing.

Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis, or "Tree Bark Warts"

This disorder creates the appearance of long, thick wart growths that look like tree roots or tree bark. When you have this disorder, you look very much like a tree troll from the fairy stories of old. The growths are neverending, and without treatment from a licensed dermatologist, you cannot expect to live a halfway normal life. Your dermatologist can surgically remove most of these growths, but you will need continued care and treatments often associated with cancer because the growths are the result of HPV and are considered cancerous growths.

The HPV Vaccine and Its Relationship to Your Condition and Your Family

In each of the known and documented cases of epidermodysplasia verruciformis, the patients had contracted HPV. If they had been given the HPV vaccine as children just prior to puberty, these warts may never have developed and other cases may have been left in history books or in children's fairy tales. If you already have the "tree bark warts," then the HPV vaccine cannot help you, but it can help your children by preventing them from getting the same viral infection that caused your warts.

The Treatment Once Your Dermatologist Has Officially Diagnosed You

Since the HPV vaccine can no longer help you, your dermatologist will prescribe other treatments to help your condition. These include the full surgical removal of your tree bark warts and treatments for cancer (e.g., radiation and chemotherapy). The cancer treatments will help keep the growths at bay, although it may not be able to stop them completely. Skin grafts are not a possibility, since HPV clearly has taken over your entire body and cannot be fully eradicated without killing you and without causing infection of the skin grafts. At any rate, you should be able to return to a more normal life--eating, drinking, self-care and ambulation will all be normal again.

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