Ask Doctor Cory.Dear Dr. Cory:
I got a wart wart, circumscribed outgrowth of the skin caused by a filterable virus that is readily transmitted. Warts may appear anywhere on the skin but are most common on the hands. over the summer. Can going to swim lessons affect my wart?
Kate Reed Beverly, Massachusetts Beverly is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 39,862 at the 2000 census. A resort, residential and manufacturing community, Beverly includes Beverly Farms and Prides Crossing.
Dear Dr. Cory:
Lots of people tell me that you get warts if you touch a frog, but I don't think so. Where do warts really come from?
Cassidi Hall White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia White Sulphur Springs is a city in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 2,315 at the 2000 census. Geography
White Sulphur Springs is located at (37.793975, -80.
Dear Kate and Cassidi:
Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus human papilloma virus
n. Abbr. HPV
A DNA virus of the genus Papillomavirus, certain types of which cause cutaneous and genital warts in humans, including condyloma acuminatum. . The virus invades the skin cells and makes them multiply rapidly.
Warts are contagious, but they tend to spread on the person with the wart rather than to other people. Avoid picking at them to keep them from spreading.
If you still have a wart on your toe, there are several wart treatments available at your pharmacy. Your doctor can also remove them by surgery or by freezing them. Check to see what he recommends for your type of wart.
Going to swim lessons won't affect the healing of your wart. However, wart viruses can easily be picked up in the shower or in the locker room at pools and gyms. Wear sandals while in these areas.
Dear Dr. Cory:
Why do people put cotton balls in their ears when they get an earache ear·ache
Pain in the ear; otalgia. or ear infection? How does it help?
Alicia Blum Norfolk, Nebraska Norfolk is a city in Madison County, Nebraska, 113 miles northwest of Omaha at the intersection of U.S. Route 81 and U.S. Route 275. The 2005 population estimate was 23,946. It is the only micropolitan area in northeast Nebraska.
Some people get an infection in the skin lining the outer ear, often called swimmer's ear swimmer's ear
swimmer's ear Acute diffuse external otitis Sports medicine The most common form of external otitis, occurring primarily in summer swimmers Clinical Pain, serous, then seropurulent discharge Treatment . If water gets trapped in the outer ear, the skin in the outer ear can get soft. This makes it easier for bacteria to get into the softened skin, grow, and start an infection.
To get rid of the infection, medicine can be applied and the infected ear must be kept dry. Some people wear balls of lamb's wool lamb's wool
1. Wool shorn from a lamb.
2. also lambs·wool A fabric or yarn made from this wool.
lamb's wool lamb n → Lammwolle f , which repel water, or cotton balls covered with petroleum jelly petroleum jelly
A colorless-to-amber semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum and used in medicinal ointments. Also called petrolatum. . These work like earplugs to keep their ears dry while taking a shower or a bath. Swimming should be avoided as the ear heals.
You can reduce your chance of getting swimmer's ear by following several easy tips.
* Don't use cotton swabs, especially if you are one who tends to get swimmer's ear. The swabs remove the earwax earwax /ear·wax/ (er´waks) cerumen.
A waxlike secretion of certain glands lining the canal of the external ear; cerumen.
see cerumen. that protects your ears from bacteria and moisture.
* After swimming or showering, dry your ears carefully with a towel. Tilt your head from side to side and gently tug your ear in different directions to help the water run out.
Dear Dr. Cory:
I enjoy swimming, with my older brother. When I swim under water for a while, my head starts to hurt. Why does this occur?
Natasha Montgomery Long Sault, Ontario Long Sault is one of two towns in the Canadian province of Ontario (Ingleside is the other) built to replace The Lost Villages, which were flooded by the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1958. The town is named for the Long Sault, a rapids in the St. , Canada
I am glad you are swimming; it's a sport you can enjoy all of your life.
When you are under water, the water above you is pushing down on you. The deeper you are, the greater this water pressure. Your inner ear and your sinus cavities can be affected by water pressure, which can cause pain or a feeling of pounding in your head. To relieve some of this pressure, gently blow bubbles through your nose while you are under water.
See you next issue! Your friend,
Cory SerVaas, M.D.
Just What the Dr. Ordered
Feel the Pressure
Here is an experiment to help you understand water pressure:
Cut the top off of a cardboard milk carton. Punch four pencil holes down one side in a straight line. Put the carton in water until it fills up, then lift it out. Notice how the water comes out of the holes. Out of which hole does water shoot the farthest?
Now put the container in the water again, but don't let the water go over the top this time. Watch as the water comes into the container through the pencil holes. Again, the water comes through the bottom holes the fastest. Why?
It's because the water at the bottom is being pressed down by all the water above it. The extra pressure pushes the water through the holes faster.