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does genital warts hurt

A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
See PCP: Skin lesions are difficult to diagnose without being seen. Might be genital warts (condylomata) or a condition called pearly penile papules, a benign ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Nope: Warts themselves are painless and usually don't even itch. However, if warts are allowed to become especially large before being removed or treated, t ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Krick
35 years experience Urology
Herpes: HPV related genital warts, no. Herpes lesion, yes
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Brown
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Imprecise treatment: If treatment could be confined to just the warts you would not find it painful. Unfortunately this is very difficult to do and some normal skin next ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tso Chen
Dr. Tso Chen answered
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Possible: Warts in general do not itch. But in the genital area, they may become irritated and can be itchy. Please see a dermatologist or primary care doctor f ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Bader
26 years experience Dermatology
Genital warts: Yes. It is hpv.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Barraza
40 years experience Pediatric Urology
Possibly: Condylomata or genital warts typically are not symptomatic whereas herpes outbreaks often are preceded by burning pain and itching
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Nerve irritation: All forms of herpes can cause a burning stinging type of pain. Herpes viruses are stored in nerve cell bodies and when activated cause irritation of t ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience Podiatry
Generally not...: Warts are caused by a virus, and pus in caused by a bacterial infection.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Very different: Genital warts look like warts anywhere else. They're flesh-colored and not fluid-filled. Herpes looks like either small blisters or shallow ulcers on ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ray Tidman
37 years experience Family Medicine
Maybe: More important , you are at increased risk of cancer in later life. You also may have been exposed to other pathogens, which can be devastating. It yo ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nadine Yamusah
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Mostly flat: With a cauliflower look. Not fully circular the edges normally are not smooth.; however there are several types
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: They don't usually itch.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Krick
35 years experience Urology
Condyloma: Condyloma are best treated with thermal destruction. This can be done with laser or electrical desiccation. Local anesthetic is often sufficient to ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
37 years experience Addiction Medicine
Probably: since they are a viral alteration pot the skin the would most likely itch or be iffirated.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience Infectious Disease
Not generally: In general it does not. Testicular pain is either a bacterial infection (epididymitis) or even viral. Other things to consider is torsion.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Almost no effect: The hormones of pregnancy make genital warts worse, but warts do not generally affect the pregnancy. Women with warts can still safely have a vaginal ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Yes: But it may take 2-3 months.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Genital : Genital warts are typically small pink or red bumps. They can also look like a cluster of skin tags, taking a cauliflower-like appearance, starting ou ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Both do: Vulvar herpes stings and burns more than anal herpes which initially tends to itch before emerging. Itching is the beginning of the pain response.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Jacobs
65 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
It can: Warts are rough, dry lesions and if they are numerous and surround the vagina they can feel dry and make sex uncomfortable.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
18 years experience General Practice
Yes: Herpes is incredibly painful, even before a breakout. HPV not so much, but it looks unattractive, and more importantly, causes cervical cancer which c ... Read More

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