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Genital Warts in Men: Definition, Misconception, and Treatments

Author: Steven Magill

Genital warts are a highly contagious sexually transmitted diseased which are also known as “veneral warts.” Caused by a form of human papillomavirus or HPV, there are some cases, if left untreated, of HPV strains that may lead to cancer. Genital warts in men are usually fount on the tip of the penis but may develop on its shaft, the scrotum or around the anus. Genital warts in women are found on the inside and outside of the cervix, uterus, and vagina and around the anus. Often small cauliflower shaped fresh colored bumps; these warts can be as tiny as 2 millimeters in diameter but can grow in clusters and expand into a larger mass in the genital region.

HPV, as it is normally called in the field of medicine, can be asymptomatic from 3 to 24 months meaning you may already have it but are not showing any symptoms. It is able to enter a person’s mucosal surfaces and skin through small lesions or abrasions in the genital region during sexual intercourse. It is after this situation that HPV may be latent and dormant. Because of this situation, it may be difficult to trace the source of the disease which may also lead to the increase of HPV carriers.

Genital wars in men and women can be easily recognized through direct visual examination which involves an examination of the pelvic region, thighs, as well as the mouth and throat areas. Because of the similarities to other skin conditions in appearances, genital warts can sometimes be misdiagnosed. Common misdiagnosed conditions of genital warts in men are pearly penile papules or PPP, which is also known as Hirsuties papillaris genitalis. This condition is not contagious and there is no need to treat this though some may opt to do so. Another genital warts in men misdiagnosis is MC or Molluscum contagiosum which is a viral skin infection appearing a flesh colored small dome shaped lesions. Genital warts in men should also not be mistaken for Fordyce’s spots—tiny painless pale lumps on the penis shaft.

The treatment for genital warts for men are numerous with the best being over the counter topical medicine such as TCA, podolfilox, imoquiod and Heal Warts which is supposedly an all natural way of healing warts. One can also elect for loop electrosurgical excision procedure or LEEP, cryosurgery which means freezing, CO2 laser surgery and alpha interferon injections.

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The increasing rate of cases of genital warts in men is alarming. It is highly important that we take action to prevent and minimize it’s symptoms and effects. And the best way to do that is to arm ourselves with information about genital warts in men and women.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Ghost says:

    PUPPPs…does anyone else have them?
    has anyone else developed pups during their pregnancy?

    (definition : Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy; an intensely itching and occasionally vesicular eruption of the trunk and arms appearing in the third trimester of pregnancy.)

    ive been using cortizone everyday, and trying my best not to scratch, but im MISERABLE…. they tend to be right on my stretch marks too…
    anyone else have this problem, and do you have any tips to reduce the itching??

  2. Sweet B says:

    Help, I have Lichen nitidus. ?
    I know there is no cure. Do you have it as well, how long did your symptoms last? Any suggestions?


    Lichen nitidus is a rare, noncancerous skin condition. It consists of tiny, skin-colored bumps (papules) that often appear in clusters on the surface of your skin, especially on your trunk and upper extremities. The cause of lichen nitidus is unknown.

    Lichen nitidus may affect anyone, but typically develops in children and young adults. While you may find lichen nitidus to be annoying, it’s harmless. Even without treatment, lichen nitidus usually disappears over time.

    • Greywolf says:

      You’re right that Lichen Nitidus is rare. It’s not cancerous or even pre-cancerous so that’s the up side I suppose.
      As you say it goes in its own time which can be just a few months but is more likely to be a few years. I know that sounds like a hell of a long time when you have it, but, at least, in the majority of cases, it goes and that’s the important point.

      As a sufferer what can you do about it? Basically nothing, sadly. You can help to minimize the longevity/severity of the condition by not getting your affected, or nearby, skin burned from the sun. There is a thought out there that it will extend the condition but there’s nothing conclusive in that regard as yet. Why take chances with the sun just in case it’s true?

      Another thought is that stressing seems to increase it’s spread or add to its duration/severity. So, I guess trying to just remain calm and not let yourself get too stressed over things may go a long way to helping clear it up rather than lengthen it.

      Sorry to say that other than the above there’s not much can be said about it except try and hang in there. It’s not pleasant to have it but time is on your side. Good luck.

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