Well, humans don’t have prominent (or, according to many researchers, present) Tyson glandulae, but aside from that, the differential diagnoses for HPV include:
Hirsutoid papillomas (pearly penile papules - sometimes mistaken for Tyson glandulae, and which affect up to 30% of males aged 20-40 years) are uniform, arranged in rows, and do not have any other HPV symptoms. They can last and recur over many years, while HPV infection is self-limiting to under two-years. They’re also harmless.
Syphilis causes open or ulcerative sores, swellings that go away and then present secondary symptoms, is non-uniform (like HPV), and has easy cures and testing available.
More on HPV and penile papules:
Hey! Do you live in Wisconsin? Or does Ale Asylum actually export their stuff around the country? (They’re a Wisconsin brewery I think)
Grew up in Madison! Just a couple minutes away from Ale Asylum’s first brewery (where Karben4 brews these days). They set up when I was in high school, but I never really knew their products until my brother would bring them home over the summer when I was in college. Ale Asylum only exports as far south as Northern Illinois, and I don’t think they export to Iowa or Minnesota. It’s too bad.
Guess what? Between the ages of 11 and 30 (between 9 and 28 in females), 85% of people develop acne to the point where it causes stress in their lives. That’s not even counting people who develop it but somehow manage to not care.
It’s more common in women than in men, though the mechanism as for why is not really agreed upon (since it appears that, in animal models at least, testosterone supplementation causes more significant dermatological problems than estrogen and progesterone). My husband still has scars from it on his face, and still gets it on his back. Hell, I still get it when I’m stressed out.
[I don’t know how well it shows up, but this is from just a year and a half ago and i had little zits all over my cheeks and big ones on my chin here, after about a year of nothing whatsoever]
Try to use drugstore products as recommended - I’ve seen a lot of relatives and friends use them once and expect results, but that’s just not how skin works. If that doesn’t help at least to some degree after a fortnight, see a dermatologist. They really do help!
If nothing else, don’t pick at your skin, and don’t pop zits - chances are that you will probably not have to deal with it by the age of 17 or 18 if you are female and not on testosterone supplementation.
and hey! be glad you’re not living in the 1800s…acne scars used to frequently be a sign of lower-class living (as many vocational diseases caused dermatological diseases which had acneform presentation) or venereal disease. These days, it just means you’re a teenager.
But, uh, good luck with that whole “being a teenager” thing. Cause it isn’t exactly the most pleasant part of life to exist within. Trust me. I’ve been there recently.
More on acne:
This is a costotome! It has two lever-action jaws: one jaw grasps the rib, while the other cuts it!
This is used to cut the cartilage between the ribs and sternum. This is often used in lung surgery.
For open-heart surgery, a sternal saw is more often used.
The sternum (breastbone) is split using this saw in order to access the full thoracic cavity, after which the lungs and ribs are retracted, and the surgery is performed. The sternum is then re-joined.
For anyone who hasn’t seen a heart transplant (which also usually splits the sternum), it’s viewable at this link.
Obviously, not for the squeamish.
Unfortunately, as it’s considered an allergic reaction of the skin (even though it’s triggered by serrated touch, friction, or emotional trauma rather than chemical or internal stimuli), antihistamines are generally the only treatment for people with this condition. Its exact mechanism is still unknown.
People with a chronic or acute deficiency of vitamin E or K often develop this condition, but as this is a minority of cases and vitaminosis is a serious and harmful condition (even in water-soluble vitamins), it’s inadvisable to self-treat, rather than seeing a dermatologist.
Check out artist Ariana Page Russell from Hungary if you have more questions (both medical and social!) about the condition! She founded the site Skin Tome specifically for patients and friends of patients dealing with dermatographia. Even if it doesn’t usually leave lasting scars, it can be stressful and mentally taxing, especially during adolescence, when it’s usually at its worst (and often combined with acne and/or stretch marks, to boot!).
Edit: Corticosteroids and some topical treatments also help, especially for people whose condition flairs up, but of course a dermatologist is the person you’d want to ask about this stuff. :)