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Is this HPV on scrotum?

I asked this question probably in the wrong forum as I didn't receive any responses, so I'll post here. I've noticed these small bumps on my scrotum over the last month or so. I've put tea tree oil and hydrocortizone on them routinely. They seem more noticeable some days than others. They haven't really changed much in size or color, they are very pale white, I can't really tell if they are on the surface of the skin or part of the skin, but they are more noticeable if I stretch my scrotum skin. They aren't painful and don't itch. Although, for a few days my entire crotch area was itchy, but I that could have been anxiety and my messing with that area trying to figure out what's going on, I'm not sure. You can see the bumps in the center of each photo.



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Okay, so you should know that you have to REALLY look to see them. I don't know if it's because it's a pic, and it's sometimes hard to see in pics, or if it's just hard to see them, but they aren't that noticeable. How did you notice them?

If they are more noticeable when you stretch the skin, they may be Fordyce spots, which are oil glands, and totally normal.

The only way to know for sure is to get a doctor to check it. Stop using anything on them for a few days, and then get a doc to take a look. If you don't want your regular doc to handle this, or you don't have one, find an STD clinic or a Planned Parenthood or something similar, if you aren't in the US.
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They are difficult to see. Are you saying that because of that, they are or aren’t possible HPV? I looked at Fordyce spots. It makes sense because I definitely have what looks like Fordyce spots on the base of my shaft, also some possibly on my scrotum. The two in the center of that photo just seem to stick out more than the rest. I haven’t put anything on them since Monday and they haven’t changed in appearance. Are they possibly inflamed fordyce? Is that a thing?

Also, another detail, the single protrusion from the other photo isn’t visible anymore, just the two that are close together. Do warts come and go like that?

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No, I'm not saying that - I'm just wondering since they are so difficult to see, how you noticed them? Do they feel different than the other skin around it? Were you checking with a magnifying mirror of some sort and noticed them? Did they itch or hurt or anything?

A wart wouldn't come and go that quickly, nor would a Fordyce spot. Perhaps they are just normal skin variations? Have you seen a doctor about them? That would go a long way to putting your mind at ease.

Thanks for the replies

I don't really remember how I noticed them, I just did. Now, I'm doing a self-examination 3 times a day.

Something that would put my mind at ease right now is if I could find something on the internet that describes how quickly warts grow. I understand they can last a few months to a few years as that is what every search turns up. But, what I can't find is actually how rapidly they grow or multiply, once started. I'm sure every case is different, but if they can ballpark a timeline for the virus, surely there has to be some kind of rule of thumb for how fast they grow/spread once they actually show up.

For instance, I noticed these two dots/marks almost 2 months ago. Assuming they are warts, would they have increased in size or shape or multiplied by now? Given any kind of clinical rule of thumb? Hell, I'd settle for anecdotal experiences.
I'm on vacation for the next few weeks, I won't really have the opportunity to see a doctor and I've kind of been putting it off to see if there's any change, I might be overreacting. I started thinking that because every tiny little mark or discoloration I see now sends me into a panic.
Ohhh 3x a day is too often for a self-exam. You're just going to cause irritation. Limit that to once a day.

There is absolutely no rule of thumb for how quickly HPV grows. Some may get 1 or 2 warts, and nothing more. Others may get a whole bunch quickly.

While on vacation, are you going to a really remote part of the world where there are no doctors? Like, are you going on safari in Africa or something? If not, you can see a doctor anywhere. Literally, any doctor at any urgent care, STD clinic, Planned Parenthood, etc., can tell you if these are warts or not.

Why not just go before vacation and be able to put your mind at ease and enjoy it?
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