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
A new research report ( Mortality Trends in Men and Women with Diabetes, 1971–2000 ) suggests that a decrease in mortality has occurred in the U.S. from 1971 to 2000 in the general population, and also in diabetic men, but a similar decrease was not observed in diabetic women . This report implies that somehow, diabetic women are being short-changed and are not sharing the improvements in medical care that diabetic men have apparently gained. And if the data are real, how can diabetic women share those benefits? Are they using less aspirin then men? Getting less antihypertensive or other therapy? Less aggressive medical management for heart disease? Or what? The authors analyzed data from three consecutive studies (called the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys I, II, and III), looking to examine whether all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates have declined among the U.S. population with and without diabetes. Apparently, finding that women weren’t havin...
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
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