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A 19-year-old male asked:

I've had a wart on the shaft of my penis a month now. not that big, just woundering how to approach the problem. also had warts on my hands 9monthsago?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
There's treatment: for genital warts. They are effective but have about a 1 in 3 shot of coming back in short order. Also, if you have warts, then you are contagious for them by unprotected sex EVEN IF IT IS REMOVED AND IT ISN"T VISIBLE
Dr. Michael Roman
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
See: Your doctor to have it evaluated and then removed. Find the cause so you get the appropriate treatment
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Be careful: Due to the sensitive nature of genital warts(if that what this is) I would encourage you to avoid using over-the-counter wart treatment. This is something better treated by a dermatologist to make sure you don't run into any complications. Also be mindful that warts are contagious, don't risk anyone else's health in the meanwhile. Best of luck.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Depends on cause: If you have had unprotected sex you need to be checked for STD's. See your Doc for testing. Consider seeing a urologist for treatment options. Use protection! A venereal wart (if that is the kind you have) is bad enough but there are worse things out there.

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