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A 36-year-old member asked:

Ingrown hair or genital warts, how to tell the difference?

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Dr. Henry Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 67 years experience
Has to be examined: Ingrown hairs are usually sore, nodular and only in hair bearing areas warts can be anywhere on the genitals or anus and are rough, white and nontender.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How to know the difference between genital warts and ingrown hair?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jane Eason
34 years experience
Genital warts: Often times the diagnosis of genital warts can be made by simple visual inspection. Lesions are usually fleshy colored, flat or more wart like (think of cauliflower). An ingrown hair usually has a fairly obious dark area within a small fleshy skin bump. If the diagnosis is not clear, sometimes a biopsy is needed.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How do I tell if I have ingrown hair or genital warts?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Appearance: An ingrown hair will typically be a hard, sometimes red bump that seems to be under the skin more than above it, while warts are more likely to be raised up, dry, bumpy and flesh colored. Since genital warts require treatment and are contagious, a gynecologist should make the distinction for you.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can genital warts grow hair on them?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
NO does not: Wart or papilloma is caused by hpv virus , the growth is confined to superficial layer of skin epidermis , hair follicles are in deeper layer dermis , growth of hair is blocked, , will not grow through , once warts are gone hair will grow
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Can genital warts have hair grow out of them or from the side of them? Could I send picture?
Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 35 years experience
warts grow out of the outermost layer of the tissue (epithelium) which does not have hair follicles which are in the deeper layer. But in a hair barin... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked about a 22-year-old male:
Been loosing a lot of pubic hair I have genital warts should I get checked for anything more serious ?
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Fungus: Hair loss that us in a specific area and not full body is likely a fungal infection.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
I had something that appeared to be an ingrown hair on my foot squeezed it but a few days later it became a wart like growth what could it be?
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 45 years experience
Watch and See.: It could most certainly be a wart like growth. There are many different types of these growths and most of them are completely harmless. If there is a... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Can genital warts grow hair out of them? I keep getting conflicted information from many doctors?
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
https://www.healthline.com/health/std/genital-warts# They dont typically have hair but they grow in areas that can have hair and maybe in clumps or ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
I was diagnosed with Genital warts a couple of years ago, I recently borrowed a friends towel to dry my upper body and hair, is this safe, not genitals. Is this safe?
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Wash the towel: If your friend washes the towel before using it , it is safe. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water daily so your urine ... Read More
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Last updated Feb 6, 2021

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