FROM OUR EXPERTS
About once or
twice a month, I see a young male in his late teens or early 20s who come to me
to evaluate a bump or lesion on his penis. Interestingly, many of these men
have sought evaluation before and STILL don't know what they have.
Here are the
most common causes of this symptom:
grouped lesions on the penis that are painful? Think about genital herpes as the cause. These lesions can also occur on the buttocks or anal area. The
initial outbreak may be associated with fever. Herpes is the most common STD in
and most genital lesions in men are herpes.
Have a bump
that looks like a wart or has a cauliflower appearance? You may have genital
warts. Warts are caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus --
different ones than those that cause cervical cancer in women. In most cases,
the warts do not cause symptoms, but occasionally they can burn, itch or be
tender. They can also produce a discharge. The lesions may be tan, pink or
Symptoms Type 2 diabetes usually begins gradually and progresses slowly. Symptoms in adults include: Excessive thirst Increased urination Fatigue Blurred vision Weight loss In women, vaginal yeast infections or fungal infections under the breasts or in the groin Severe gum problems Itching Erectile dysfunction in men Unusual sensations, such as tingling or burning, in the extremities Symptoms in children are often different: Most children are obese or overweight Increased urination is mild or even absent Many children develop a skin problem called acanthosis, characterized by velvety, dark colored patches of skin
Condylomata acuminata; Penile warts; Human papilloma virus (HPV); Venereal warts; Condyloma; HPV DNA test; Sexually transmitted disease (STD)
Genital warts must be treated by a doctor. Do NOT use over-the-counter remedies meant for other kinds of warts.
Your doctor may treat genital warts by applying a skin treatment in the office. Or, the doctor may prescribe a medication that you apply at home several times per week. These treatments include:
Podophyllin and podofilox (Condylox)
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
Surgical treatments include:
(cutting them out)
If you develop genital warts, all of your sexual partners must be examined by a health care provider and treated if genital warts are found.
After your first treatment, your doctor will schedule follow-up...
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