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How to tell the difference between a wart and a pimple

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Debra Atkins
Dermatology 20 years experience
Thanks for asking!: A wart looks like a pimple that is very 'ragged' on top and it typically does not itch or respond to most topical products (except liquid nitrogen and... Read More

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
So many answers: There are so many different appearances that it would make the most sense for you to see your obgyn for a checkup - and more so because there are diff... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 30 years experience
See your doctor: If these have appeared since being treated for chlamydia, definitely see your doctor for a good exam to determine whether these are infections or norm... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: The penis is covered by skin (epithelium), which makes it susceptible to the formation of disease such as warts or pimples.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Penile lesion: That looks like an ingrown hair to me from the picture. I would use warm compresses to the area with some neosporin applied three times a day. If it i... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Probably normal: There are most likely pearly penile papules. These are perfectly normal. They usually don't need to be removed. Your physician can confirm the diagnos... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Not sure???: Better see a dermatologist to find out exactly what it is before trying to treat it!
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Get tested: Lumps, bumps, blisters and other skin abnormalities on the genitals need to be evaluated. An examination will be needed to know the cause and treatmen... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Wait few days: If does not improve the hardness see your doctor to make sure it is not a skin cancer.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
No!!!!: You will damage the dermis/epidermis of your face. Plantar warts are buried in the thickest skin of your body, not a pimple. There are many safer way... Read More

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