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hair follicle or wart?
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hair follicle or wart?

Hi

I'm not sexually active so I think i should rule out any kind of STD, but I'm still a little concerned something that happened I few weeks ago.

I usually don't shave my pubic area, but a decided to shave it since I had a lot of hair accumulated down there.
The thing is that right after shaving I found a little pimple-like bump, it wasn't red nor irritated nor didn't had a white head, just skin colored. it was just there next to a hair follicle (my hair follicles a bit bumpy too) but this one was a bit bigger. I thought it could be an ingrown hair encapsulated inside the follicle so took a nail clipper and I cut it off. I couldn't check the thing that I cut off since it fell on the floor or something but when I was cutting it I notice that there was something like tiny hairs in the hole, but I'm not really sure since ingrown hair usually occur after shaving, right?. Though I do have two and tree hairs growing out of one follicle. And they are a lot of them

The thing is that I've read that when people talk about removing a wart they sometimes mention something about the "root" of the wart.

I'm a bit worried because in the past I was misdiagnosed with genital wart by a general doctor, when they actually were just oil glands inside my foreskin according to my dermatologist and one urologist.

I also had the little wound checked by a doctor and he told me that it doesn't look like there was a wart down there, however I never told him about the hairy things that I saw.

My question is, how do these wart "roots" look like? Do they resemble hair when you remove a wart? I know these roots are actually blood vessels feeding the wart, but it is possible to pull these blood vessels with a nail clipper and cut them like hair?



Also, my girlfriend  and I both want to have intercourse but I want to know if this sound like some kind of STD for you, so I should wait the 6 months of as you recommended to those treated with GW
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Welcome to the forum.

Warts are not associated with hairs; by definition, hair follicles are.  In normal medical terminology, there is no such thing as the "root" of a wart, so I don't know how to reply.  I'm unclear whether your have never been sexually active, or just not in the past year or two.  If it's never, then it's pretty much impossible that you have genital warts.  If you have had sex with other people, even years ago, then perhaps it is possible.  But all things considered, I doubt it very much.

It sounds like you spend quite a bit of time examining your genitals and worrying about the various bumps and other features of normal genital skin.  But if you remain concerned, you'll need to see a health care provider in person; you're never going to have a clear answer through online advice.  I suggest you return to the dermatologist who has evaluated you in the past.  In the meantime, it seems very unlikely you have genital warts.

I hope this helps.  Best wishes---  HHH, MD
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Well, I've never had sex that's why I said that maybe I should rule out any STD.


However when cut the "thing" I noticed that it showed up like something white inside and in the hole I saw what looked like "hairs" just like the hairs that I have growing in other follicles.  (Two or more hairs growing out from the same follicle)

So now I believe that it was just a slightly inflamed hair follicle or some kind of ingrown hair "encapsulated" inside a hair follicle instead of a wart, but I'm just wondering why it didn't pop like a pimple or something like that when I cut it.

Another thing that I noticed with the nail clipper is that the bump seemed to be a little deep inside the skin.


And finally, its kind of hard for me to get back to see the dermatologist who had me evaluated because I'm not covered by health insurance so the visits are a bit expensive for me  
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I'm sorry for the bad grammar (English is not my first language) But ever since I was misdiagnosed with GW , I have always been concerned with STDs, as I probably did too much research.
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The additional information is further evidence for a hair follicle problem and not a wart, and does not change my advice.  
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Hi Doctor HHH.

I followed your advice and went to see the dermatologist who told me that it doesn't sound like I had GW at all, and that there are hundreds of medical diseases and conditions that could be what I had.

Well, after that I even requested an HPV swab test in my pubic area which came back negative for both low and high risk. Though I understand that the swab wasn't accurate since there was not lesion present at the time of the test. I know such test wasn't necessary but I needed it to put my mind in peace.

And only two more question if it's possible.

1) I've read that sometimes Doctor Edward talk about prominent hair follicles in the genital area, I was wondering if it possible to have them in the pubic area? I've been trying to figure out if I only cut "normal skin

Like I said, after I did the BIG mistake of performing self-surgery all I had left was a tiny little wound with hairs that I put back inside with my finger after I released/cut them.

And finally, my final question is: I understand that hairs usually don't grow out of warts, though it can happen. However, warts don't grow out of hair follicles, am I right?

Those were my last questions.

Anyway, I guess the only thing I can do now is check for any other irregular abnormalities down there, if nothing shows up, is most likely that I never had GW.


Thanks in advance.

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You have seen a dermatologist, who assured you that your genital area skin is normal.  Even if he didn't say so directly, you can be sure he would have noticed and would have told you if anything were amiss.  In any case, no distant online expert can be as accurate, based on a written description.  So I have nothing more to say, except that you should stop examining your genitals.  And stop worrying about genital warts.
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