I began freaking out on Monday. A friend of mine called me and told me she has HPV. I never had sex with her (I'm gay), so I'm not freaking out about that.What's got me worried is something with me. I have these bumps in the crevis of my legs heading towards my region. The bumps are not located on my penis or below it.When she told me she had HPV, I researched it and located information on genital warts. I noticed that genital warts appear on the penis or anus - neither location I have these bumps.But...this is the weird part. I first noticed these bumps when I was in my early years of high school. I'm 23 now. I never had any type of sexual relations until I was 19 (in college). I never did anything in high school, but that's when I noticed these things.I assumed they were irritation or skin tabs (or skin flaps) that grew there. I have small growths of skin in other parts of my body (you know, little excess pieces of skin).But, I did freak out because I don't know what they are and I've always been too embarassed to ask a doctor about them because I'm just weird like that. I guess I should have in high school and told him I wasn't having sex then. It could have pin-pointed a problem.Can anyone help?
I think we need a better description of the bumps. Are they like your skin tags that you have elsewhere? If so, they're probably the same thing (using Occam's razor).
Hmmm...they are similar to the skin tags. They've never itched, burned or anything.
They are a little bit darker than skin-tone but they are not red or brown or anything dramatic.
They are attached to the body by a small piece and they can be flung around similar to the skin tags (sorry if that sounds gross, I have no other way to describe it).
What's a little odd is that they are flatter than the skin tags ... but I guess it kind of makes sense because the skin tags on my face are not smashed against another body part the way the bumps down there are. You know?
Also, what is "Occam's razor?"
Occam's razor is a principle that one should make the minimum number of assumptions - that is, the simplest explanation is the most likely one. Another way of putting it is that if two things seem identical in what is known about both, then we should assume as likely that they are identical in other properties (until shown otherwise). In this case, if one set of symptoms is skin tags, and another set of symptoms is virtually identical, then the simplest explanation is that the second set is the same thing.Occam's razor is called a razor because it is used to pare down possibilities to what is most likely. It should be pointed out that it deals with probabilities only, and it does not always give the right answer. In fact, very often it doesn't. Many people give it more reverence than it deserves, but it's still a useful principle.There's an article in Wikipedia here.
Thank you. =) It made my Monday.I only became concerned a week ago when I was researching genital warts. The fact of knowing very little is what concerned me.I am glad there is a site like this out here to receive some sorts of information.Thanks.