Symptoms of Anogenital Warts

There is one major symptom of anogenital warts and that is the warts themselves. They may present themselves in different arrangements and shapes. Your treatment may also depend on the anatomy of the warts as harder warts are usually removed by physical ablation whereas softer warts are usually treated with lotions and creams.

The warts are found in the moist areas of the genital region. They are found in and on the vagina, vulva and the labia as well as the anus. They can also occur on the shaft of the penis and in the urethra. Generally, the warts are lumps that are either skin coloured or grey. They are usually soft but can also be quite hard and tough. They can appear by themselves or cause clusters in the infected area in a cauliflower like shape. Generally, they do not cause any physical pain but they are unsightly and can be embarrassing.

Sometimes, the warts can become itchy and inflamed. This may occur especially on those around the anus and in the urethra as they can easily become agitated. They may also become irritated if they rub against any clothing or against other parts of the body as it can create friction. Therefore, there is the potential for the warts to become quite sore. If you have warts in the urethra or anus, they may bleed and be quite painful. Also, the warts may bleed and cause irritation during sexual intercourse.

The only other symptom that may occur with anogenital warts in unusual vaginal discharge. If you have this but do not have the warts, it is unlikely that you have got this particular sexually transmitted infection but you should see a doctor if you are worried to make sure it is not a different sort of infection.

Do the symptoms differ from outbreak to outbreak?

If you experience more than one outbreak of anogenital warts, the symptoms will be very much the same. The area that has been infected by the virus will have warts during an outbreak. The outbreaks do not tend to get any worse the more you have them but frequent outbreaks are a nuisance. Make sure that you get the STI looked at immediately because the quicker you treat the warts, the quicker they will disappear.

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