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Wart-like growths, dodgy diagnosis/prognosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 4, 2010
  • 06:32 PM

Several months ago, I noticed what looked like several irritated hair follicles in the area above my groin. Seeing as I shave regularly and sometimes experience a rash after shaving (usually when the razor has become too dull) I didn't think much of it.

However those small irritated dots did not relent as the others had before. In fact, the spread and before I knew it I had dozens of them covering my lower abdomen to groin, and within the crease where leg meets hip. The growths were getting larger and more irritated. The situation was complicated with the fact that I was undergoing treatment for ringworm at the time as well, so there was substantial itching involved.

I finally went to my doctor and he concluded that the growths were molluscum contagiosum, and prescribed aldera (a topical cream to alter the immune system). Seeing as none of my sexual partners in the last few years have had this, or have mentioned having this since, and all of us have had regular STD screenings coupled with safe sex practices has me confused.

The part that worries me the most however, is that not all of the growths are responding to the treatment the same way. 90% of the "warts" have shrunk or have disappeared completely, however the "cluster" in the left side crease has had a different reaction. Most of them have shrunk in size, but one of them seemed to rupture. It bled, and was definitely irritated, but the worst part is that a constant fluid seems to be found there. It has the same feeling and color as sweat, and indeed I did mistake it as such until I became aware of a quite pungent and persistant odor associated with the fluid. That cluster is NEVER dry... and is healing much, MUCH slower than the rest of the "outbreak".

I'm concerned that this cluster is something else, or that an infection might have occurred within the damaged skin and membranes. Any advice or knowledge would be greatly appreciated.

Additional information: The warts do follow the typical molluscum appearance. Originally small, perfectly round pearly/red bumps with a "navel" in the center. But they do become larger and more irregular as they grow, finally appearing almost like irritated skin color moles.

Thank you in advance.

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