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Skin tags vs HPV

Can someone please explain the differences between skin tags and HPV in regards to physical symptoms. About 4 months ago, after shaving my pubic region, I noticed what looked like a skin tag in the pubic hair area. It actually appeared to be a very thin piece of skin that was attached to the pubic area. It was very short, and extremely thin. Very hard to notice. I didn't think anything of it, it's now gone, but I noticed another recently on the right side of my testicles. Also very small, also attached to the skin. It almost appears whitish in color, but it's hard to say because its so thin. I have done a self exam but cannot detect anymore of these. Is this something to be concerned about? I don't have skin tags anywhere else on my body but it sounds like that could be it? Any ideas of what this might be? Thanks for taking a look at my question.
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If you are in your 20s or younger and don't have HIV....Aldara will probably cure the virus within a few months (whether it's HPV or molluscum contagiousum)  I doubt you have a skin tag on your penis. HPV is very common just use the meds and get rid of it while you still stand a chance. HPV turns into carcinoma (cancer).  Yep. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Just use the meds. No matter what it is, Aldara will recruit the immune system and recognize/attack the pathogen/irregular tissue growth. I strongly believe recruiting the immune system's strong attacks using Aldara is very effective in young patients.  BUT STAY AWAY FROM OTHERS WHO ARE SICK!  DO NOT LET ANYONE KISS YOU / EXPOSE YOU TO SALIVA.  YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE EXPOSED TO ADDITIONAL  *VERY NASTY* HERPETIC FAMILY VIRUSES RIGHT NOW.  THEY ARE BRUTAL AND MOST CAUSE CANCER!!!! YEA MAN!  (4 year med student here - and we DON'T have effective vaccines for this ****).  NOTE: YOU NEED YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TO BE FUNCTIONING FULLY TO FIGHT OFF THE HPV/VIRAL SKIN INFECTION. DO NOT FREEZE the tissue or have it surgically removed.  Aldara is best because it allows your immune system to recognize and terminate the virally infected cells - also actually giving you LIFELONG immunity from that wart virus (provided you don't have the B-Cell Lymphoma - You don't want that).  Are you starting to realize how scary this **** really is?  It's awful. Basically we are giving ourselves cancer and other disease by having sex or even letting anyone kiss / expose us to bodily fluids.  Once a dip in the immune system occurs, these viral infections will translate the viral oncogenes into cancer tissue.  So you can see how important it is to have a great immune system - no HIV, no active Herpes infections, no hepatitis, no flu, no bacterial infections etc. ALSO......if you are over 20 you will need a bone marrow transplant to get rid of the virus.  I'm sorry, but the reality is once you are over 20 you don't have enough cytotoxic T cells to slam the virus out of your body.   This is the reason why older people get cancer more often than younger people.....ever wondered that?  As T cells are harmed by oxidate stress (aging), new viral infections take longer to fight off and old latent viral infections cannot be suppressed easily when reactivated (if so), thus achieving their last & final purpose..causing cancer cells to grow and kill our bodies.  With a bone marrow transplant, you can restock your immune arsenal and slam the viruses HARD...giving you STRONG protection against cancer and also....a more youthful appearance believe it or not. =-).  The T-cells also repair aging......=-) No Doctor will tell you all these details because they don't expect you to know near this much and even they don't have a grasp on some of this advanced immunology.  I'm sorry to be blunt but this is good advice I'm giving you.  ACT NOW.  Get Aldara and start using it. Avoid exposure to additional pathogens and let your body get rid of this **** you have (whether it's HPV or the molluscum..both can lead to the cancer...which can METASTATIZE before you notice it...and your doctor may diagnose you with a bloody esophageal cancer or something and you'd never know it was the HPV that actually caused it unless they observed your gonads carefully =-/). I mean it!  Act now while you still have a chance.  Viral infections should never be underestimated. Aldara is definitely magic though for moles/ viral infections/ pre-cancers, that's the good news.  There is research that says it can technically "almost" eliminate the herpes simplex virus from the body after only 3 uses and gave patients much better results than Valtrex. So that gives you an idea of how powerful & effective this **** is...and also proves my points about treating viral infections with immune attack rather than playing SILLY, COSTLY, AND INEFFECTIVE games with anti-viral drugs.  All good?  Good.  ACT NOW PLEASE!!!
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Don't let the on-line Aldara salesman scare you with his rendition of chicken little. In your situation, the sky is not falling. Google 'skin tag' and 'genital warts'. You'll see a fairly distinct difference. Also, the strains of HPV that cause warts are not cancer causing.

As for virusessuck. Don't listen to him. You don't need a fricken' bone-marrow transplant or some magic supplement. The vast, vast majority of supposed triggers to cancers and autoimmune disorders are every day, unavoidable viruses. The average person, before they're 21st birthday, will likely have already been exposed to HSV-1, HSV-2, chicken pocks, EBV, CMV, HHV-6, HHV-7, HPV, Parvovirus, etc. The chances are, if you ever marry or are married, your spouse and kids will likely pass you the ones you don't already have. Healthy immune systems keep these in check and almost never cause problems. If they did (on a consistent basis) every single person on the planet would be in intensive care. Life is not meant to be lived in a bubble.
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A skin tag is a common, acquired benign skin growth that looks like a small piece of hanging skin. Skin tags are often described as bits of skin- or flesh-colored tissue that projects from the surrounding skin from a small, narrow stalk. They typically occur in characteristic locations including the neck, underarms, eyelids, and under the breasts (especially where underwire bras rub directly beneath the breasts). Although skin tags may vary somewhat in appearance, they are usually smooth or slightly wrinkled and irregular, flesh-colored or slightly more brown, and hang from the skin by a small stalk. Early or beginning skin tags may be as small as a flattened pinpoint-sized bump around the neck. Some skin tags may be as large as a big grape.

Nearly half of the population is reported to have skin tags at some time. Although tags are generally acquired (not present at birth) and may occur in anyone, more often they arise in adulthood. They are much more common in middle age and they tend to increase in prevalence up to age 60. Children and toddlers may also develop skin tags in the underarm and neck areas. Since they are thought to arise more readily in areas of skin friction or rubbing, tags are also more common in overweight people.

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus. Most sexually active people in the United States will have HPV at some time in their lives. There are more than 40 types of HPV that are passed on during sex. These types can infect the genital areas of men, including the skin on and around the penis or anus. Most men who get HPV (of any type) never develop any symptoms or health problems. But some types of HPV can cause genital warts. Other types can cause penile cancer or anal cancer. The types of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as the types that can cause penile or anal cancer.Anal cancer is not the same as colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is more common than anal cancer, but it is not caused by HPV.

FOR MORE INFORMAITON TRY THE CDC WEBSITE @ www.cdc.gov lots of info on STDs and HPV......Hope this will help....Good Luck
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Couldn't a 4th year med student spell M-E-T-A * S-T-A * S-I-Z-E correctly?
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I've had B cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and are now worried I've contarcted HPV as I have a few skin tags, I would like a honest opinion as I do have a son and a wife after the treatment of the cancer, I just don't want the wife to have any ill effects. I've already resereved myself to the fact I could possibly be ****** for life.
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