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
Once you've had a symptomatic outbreak of herpes, you often can tell when another one is coming on. And, many, aware of the warning signs - burning, pain, itching - start therapy with an antiviral drug. After this prodrome, a person with genital herpes often has an outbreak of ulcers or blisters in the genital area. However, how many of you have treated what you thought was a herpes outbreak for a month or two and it STILL won't go away? If this is you, read on. While it is possible for a herpes outbreak to last a week or two, it's unusual for a healthy person with a healthy immune system to have a protracted outbreak of herpes. Do NOT assume that all genital symptoms are related to herpes. Here are some other genital problems that may mimic a herpes outbreak: 1. Yeast infection. People with herpes get yeast infections, which can cause itching, vaginal discharge, redness and irritation in the genital area. 2. Bacterial abscess. A bacterial i...
Mycosis is any disease caused by a fungus. Onychomycosis is infection of the toenail with fungus. Skin fungi not only can disfigure the nails but can also cause physical pain and impair the ability to work. Nail fungi affect toenails four times more often than fingernails. Once fungi take hold, it may spread from nail to nail, foot to foot, and rarely to the hands and fingernails. When the nails are exposed to a warm moist environment, a fungus can develop on the nail or under its outer edge. This is called onychomycosis. Depending on the type of fungus, the nail may turn yellow, gray, brown, or black. The nail may become brittle and crack. It may separate from its bed. The surrounding skin may be red, itchy or swollen. There are a number of types of fungal infections. DSO ( distal subungual onychomycosis): This is where the fungus, usually a dermatophyte, invades the space between the tip of the toe and the nail tip or the skinfolds at the sides of the nails. The toenails turn yellow and ...
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