U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 36-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Henry Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 66 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.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

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
Infectious Disease 33 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.
A 32-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can genital warts grow hair on them?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 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

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Feb 6, 2021

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.