Genital Warts Symptoms

Genital warts symptoms are usually fairly easy to spot - they are warts that occur either singly or in small groups. In some of the more severe cases warts can spread from the genital area to the rectal area. (The presence of anal warts does not indicate that anal intercourse has occurred.)

Genital warts symptoms may take the form of small pinkish/white lumps or cauliflower-shaped lumps in and around the genital area (see genital warts pictures).

Genital warts in men usually exhibit in the urethra, penis, scrotum, or rectal areas. They can appear as soft, raised masses with a smooth surface or they can be rough with many small projections (typically seen with anal warts). Yet others may have a pearly appearance, or they can look like miniature cauliflowers...and some just look like the normal, common-or-garden skin warts.

Apart from the occurrence of warts, an HPV infection is virtually undetectable without detailed tests, particularly as any surface outbreaks can be hidden by hair or inside the uncircumcised foreskin in males.

genital warts symptoms

Genital warts symptoms in women are similar to look at, and usually occur on or around the labia minora and vaginal opening. If signs of an infection are visible on the outer area, it would be prudent to have a full internal examination of the vaginal canal, cervix, and anorectal area. Although it is not common, genital warts and the associated virus can sometimes be linked with cervical cancer.

External warts are not likely to have any symptoms other than the presence of the warts themselves. If internal warts are present, there is a possibility of light bleeding (sometimes after intercourse or, occasionally, a vaginal discharge. In either of these cases, an immediate consultation with a medical practitioner would be advisable.

If you visit a medical professional, they can usually tell if you have genital warts just by examining the affected area. But if genital warts are suspected but are not easily visible, the doctor or nurse may apply a weak acidic solution to the suspected area; this turns any warts white and makes them more visible.

While certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) cause cervical cancer, other types can cause genital warts. HPV doesn't discriminate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 1 million new cases of genital warts each year in the United States. There is no one "type" of person who gets genital warts.

Unlike cervical cancer, genital warts are not life threatening. But, they can be life altering. Even after treatment, genital warts can come back. In fact, 25% of cases come back within 3 months.

Of course, the actual physical aspect of genital warts symptoms are only one aspect of the disease. Sufferers are often acutely embarrassed to admit that they have this problem, and certainly it is a problem with new partners - having to explain that there is a significant risk that they will contract the virus. Understandably, new sexual partners are likely to be put off by this.