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A 34-year-old male asked:

Saw a dermatologist today thinking i had genital warts, but he diagnosed folliculitis. prior to visit i picked at them like crazy. he said makes no difference hes positive its folliculitis. possible he couldve misdiagnosed?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
The concept: In healthcare we are warned never to say always or never. Exceptions do happen occasionally. I would trust the exam of a qualified dermatologist more than your self labeling with the assist of doc internet. If you don't like the label you can go get a 2nd/3rd & 4th opinion. It's your time & money.
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Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
Unlikely: Dermatologists are good at that diagnosis so chances are he is right. Did he do a 'staining test'? follow his RX and if not better see him again
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Do Genital warts appear in the same manner as say moles or folliculitis? Basically Im wandering what genital warts look like when they first appear? I cant find any pics online at all that resemble moles or folliculitis. Thanks?
Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Dr. Arnold Lentnekanswered
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
No: Mole = darkly pigmented spot, 1/4 - 1/2”. Sometimes raised, sometimes not. Stays for years/decades. No pain. Wart = flesh colored spot, usually 1/8-... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Forgot to ask. Ive been told Ive folliculitis and believed it was Genital Warts myself. My question is theyre red and hair follicles are involved but nope or anything pimple head at all. Could these actually be warts even with hair involved?
Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Dr. Arnold Lentnekanswered
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Don’t know: Need to examine and see. Again, check with your doctor if you’re concerned
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A 34-year-old female asked:
I have a skin color growth on the outer lip of my vagina. My doctor said it was folliculitis but I am worried it maybe genital warts.
Dr. Wendy Askew
26 years experience
Hmmm, hard to say: Folliculitis usually looks very different from a genital wart. If the growth is more 'cauliflower-like', wth irregular skin surface, or if it doesn't... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Do gynecologists or dermatologists remove genital warts?
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 31 years experience
Warts: Dermatologists will typically remove external warts where as gynecologists will remove internal ones.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Who are the best at diagnosing genital warts? Dermatologists or urologists?
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Urologists: probably see more genital warts however Dematologists are usually EXPERTS in sexually transmitted diseases...(it is said that this "expertise" resulte... Read More
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