What Could Cause Genital Bumps Besides Warts?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause genital warts, but there are a number of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), general infections and miscellaneous conditions that can cause skin abnormalities in the genital region.

  1. Genital Herpes

    • Genital herpes can cause blisters which turn into open sores around the genital region. Herpes is a viral STI. While there is no cure, drugs are available to treat the blisters.

    Molluscum Contagiosum

    • Molluscum contagiosum is generally considered an STI when it appears in the genital regions. Those infected will develop small bumps with a central depression called papules.


    • Syphilis is a bacterial STI that presents in several stages. The first symptom of syphilis is the appearance of a sore called a chancre. This sore can appear on the genitals and will heal on its own.

    Skin Conditions

    • Folliculitis, ingrown hairs, razor burn, swollen glands and cysts can cause bumps and rashes to appear on the genital region. These conditions are not spread via sexual contact.


    • If you notice genital bumps, do not attempt to self-diagnose. See a medical professional immediately.

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