Distinctions between Genital Warts and Pearly Penile Papules

Genital warts and the pearly penile papules are not the same condition. While they may present similar symptoms, it is important to know the difference. One is harmless–the other is a sexually transmitted disease.

Genital warts is an infectious disease transmitted during sex. Because of this, they occur in both men and women. According toMedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, they present as soft growths on the skin. In males, they can be found on the penis, scrotum, groin, inner thighs, and around and inside the anus. They may present as flat or raised spots or growths that look like a cauliflower.

Pearly penile papules are very different, though they also present as small raised growths. They get their name from the growth pattern, usually occurring around the head of the penis in a row much like a pearl necklace. These callous-like growths are a natural and genetically determined condition. More than 30 percent of men present symptoms.

If you are unsure whether you have penile papules or suffer from genital warts, it is important to see a doctor. This can help you better understand your condition and take care of your penile health.

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