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
<p><strong>What Are Warts?</strong></p>
<p>Warts are common, benign skin growths caused by a viral infection. They usually appearing on the hands, elbows, face, and soles of the feet, but may also be located on the genitals. Nongenital warts are harmless and only mildly contagious.</p>
<p>There are a number of different types of warts, named for their location on the body and their appearance: common warts (verrucae vulgaris) are most often seen on the hands and fingers; plantar warts are located on the soles of the feet; periungual warts are located around the nails of fingers and toes; digitate warts are small fingerlike projections that appear on the scalp or face; filiform warts are thin, threadlike projections commonly found around the face and neck; flat warts may occasionally occur in groups of up to several hundred at a time.</p>
<p>Ordinary nongenital warts are only mildly contagious; they spread most commonly from one ...
Herpes medications are generally safe, whether you are
taking herpes antiviral medication to treat an outbreak or you're taking daily
But like all medications, the herpes antiviral DO have side
effects. Here's what you need to know about Zovirax, Valtrex and Famvir. You should know the difference between these different herpes medicines
so you can make the best decision for you and minimize any side effects.
Here's what you need to know:
The major drugs that doctors use to treat the herpes simplex
virus (HSV) are antiviral agents called nucleosides and nucleotide analogues.
They work by blocking reproduction of the herpes simplex virus. These drugs are
acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir. These drugs are oral medications. There
are other antiviral similar to these drugs that are available in topical and
intravenous formulations, but they are generally used to treat different
Acyclovir, Valacyclovir and famcyclovir can lessen t...
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