There are several types of nonvenereal skin conditions, including warts, that can affect the penis. This is not a commonly known fact and men who are not sexually active are very distressed and confused when nonvenereal warts appear on the penis.

Although many nonvenereal warts are similar in appearance to venereal warts, they are not caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). A dermatologist can easily tell the difference between the two types of warts.

Many nonvenereal warts and skin lesions are caused by psoriasis, a condition which can produce warts along with very dry skin. These types of warts usually appear on the penile shaft, scrotum or in the rectal area. The symptoms include itching and irritation at the site of the wart. The symptoms may wax and wane. People with psoriasis almost always have lesions elsewhere on the body such as the elbows, knees and lower back.

Another type of nonvenereal wart found on the penis is called lichen planus. These warts are polygonal in shape and are usually flat topped and may produce mild scaling. People who suffer from lichen planus penis warts usually have a history of similar lesions that are not located in the genital area.

Left untreated, many nonvenereal warts will disappear on their own. However in some cases they may become more severe and even multiply with time. When that happens, it is very important to get a health care professional involved in the treatment plan. Many of the same treatments that are used on venereal warts are also used on nonveneral warts. Treatments may include application of chemical compounds, laser treatments or surgical removal. The primary goal of any treatment of penis wart is to remove it or reduce the size to help alleviate discomfort.

Some penis warts can be treated by prescription drugs that can be self-administered in the home while other medications must be administered by a physician because of their caustic nature. Most physicians frown upon the use of over the counter medications for the treatment of penis warts because if not applied precisely and correctly they can cause serious and painful irritation of the sensitive genital area. During outbreaks and treatment of penis warts (whether they are venereal or nonvenereal) it is important that the patient wear loose fitting, cotton undergarments to minimize irritation to the affected area.

If you have penis warts and you area not sexually active, your doctor will recommend a treatment plan for you. There is no reason to "suffer in silence" because there are many effective treatments available for nonvenereal penis warts.

Glossary:

Nonvenereal: A skin lesion in the genital area that is not sexually transmitted
Psoriasis: A condition that causes severe dry, flakey skin
Lichen Planus: A type of wart that is not caused by sexually activity.


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