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Q. I have wart-like lesions in my left groin. Are they genital warts?

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Dr. Kakkar
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This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 29, 2017

Hello doctor,

There are soft wart-like lesions in my left groin region. A picture is attached for your reference. It is itchy on and off and it is mildly painful. Is this a genital wart?

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your query and the image attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

Yes, they seem like warts.

Regards.

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Thank you doctor,

Are these genital warts from herpes? If yes, what is the treatment?

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

These are genital warts, i.e. condyloma acuminata. It is an infection caused by HPV (human papillomavirus) and not by herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV causes genital sores.

Genital warts caused by HPV is an STD (sexually transmitted disease).

I suggest their removal with electrocautery. They can also be frozen with liquid nitrogen or cryotherapy.

Regards.

For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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Thank you doctor,

Can the virus be cured by medications or do they remain permanently in the body? Can they have a teratogenic effect on pregnancy? Do I need any test to confirm the diagnosis?

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • The body's immunity itself fights the infection; however, any visible warts must be removed. Removal of visible warts aid in the eradication of the infection.
  • Certain HPV (human papillomavirus) types e.g. type 16 and 18 can cause a squamous cell carcinoma, but the HPV has no effect on pregnancy.
  • Diagnosis of warts is clinically necessary but an HPV DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) PCR (polymerase chain reaction) is available commercially which helps not only to confirm the diagnosis but as well as to determine the HPV type.Regards.

For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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