Genital Warts Symptoms
Genital warts look like skin-colored or whitish bumps that show up on your vulva, vagina, cervix, penis, scrotum, or anus.
They kind of look like little pieces of cauliflower.
You can have just one wart or a bunch of them, and they can be big or small.
What can genital warts be mistaken for?
Genital warts can be mistaken for harmless things like moles, skin tags, or penile pearly papules (small bumps found around the edge of the head of the penis and also the entrance of the vagina). These things aren’t infections. They’re just normal parts of you.
How Long Do Genital Warts Last?
Most HPV infections that cause genital warts will go away on their own, taking anywhere from a few months to two years. But even if your genital warts disappear without treatment, you may still have the virus. When left untreated, genital warts can grow very large and in big clusters.
Do genital warts hurt?
Genital warts are usually painless, but they can be uncomfortable and cause mild pain, itching, or bleeding. They’re more likely to hurt or bleed if they become irritated due to friction. If you have genital warts inside your vagina, urethra, or anus, you may experience some burning or pain when urinating.
What cause genital warts?
Genital warts are contagious, fleshy growths in the genital or anal area. They are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted infection. They are also known as venereal warts or condylomata acuminata. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and they are a symptom of HPV.
How do they test for genital warts?
If genital warts aren’t visible, you’ll need one or more of the following tests:
- Vinegar (acetic acid) solution test. A vinegar solution applied to HPV-infected genital areas turns them white.
- Pap test. Your doctor collects a sample of cells from your cervix or vagina to send for laboratory analysis.
- DNA test.
What to do if you think you have genital warts?
If you think you may have genital warts you should make an appointment with your GP or contact your local sexual health services. It’s important that warts are diagnosed by a doctor or nurse.
How can you tell when a wart is dying?
The wart may swell or throb. The skin on the wart may turn black in the first 1 to 2 days, which might signal that the skin cells in the wart are dying. The wart might fall off within 1 to 2 weeks.
How do u know if u have genital warts?
The signs and symptoms of genital warts include: Small, flesh-colored, brown or pink swellings in your genital area. A cauliflower-like shape caused by several warts close together. Itching or discomfort in your genital area.
Can genital warts spread to face?
Warts usually occur on areas of skin that are likely to be damaged, such as fingers, elbows, knees and the face. Warts can also develop in the mouth, nose or throat. Sometimes warts can spread to surrounding areas of skin. Warts usually develop three to four months after you catch HPV.
Can you squeeze genital warts?
Genital warts are caused by a group of viruses called Human Papillomavirus (HPV). They’re usually tiny red or brown lumps about the size of a pinhead. They won’t squeeze like a zit or pick off – they’ll stubbornly stay around for ages, just like the warts you get on your fingers. They generally don’t itch or hurt.