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A 34-year-old male asked:

How does a dermatologist tell the difference between a mole, folliculitis, and a genital wart upon examination? sorry for the question?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Skin bump diagnosis: These all look very different from one another. Typical moles, folliclulitis, and warts are easily disginguished by any dermatologist. Google each of them to see typical photos: you'll easily see the differences yourself.
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Dermatology: While images are good enough in many instances to differentiate skin lesions, there is much more to a derm diagnosis. Detailed history, current meds and previous treatment for same lesions that may change their appearance, a general exam far from the lesions, location and behavior of the skin lesions create a complex puzzle, but usually help identifying the skin condition.
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Last updated Feb 23, 2021

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