3 Important Symptoms of HPV You Should Know


There are different strains of the HPV Virus , each with different types of symptoms. Here, we’ve listed some of the symptoms to be aware of. Remember that even if you do have any of these symptoms it is important to not self medicate, but rather see a doctor for d iagnosis before undertaking any treatment.

Genital Warts

Genital warts are highly contagious and appear in clusters in small areas, or spread along the genital area.

Women generally experience genital warts along the cervix, outside of the vagina or in the womb or anus. In most cases they are only spread through direct skin contact.

Venereal warts can be spread to the mouth through oral sex however this is extremely unlikely.

There are different types of HPV that cause genital warts. 6 and 11 are the most common types which account for causing 70% of all cases of genital warts combined. Other HPV types that can also cause this are 6, 11, 30, 42 to 45, 51, 52 and 54. If you experiencing something that you think is genital warts it is important to see your doctor before proceeding with treatment, to make sure that what you use to treat the warts will be effective in your case.

Hand Warts

Hand warts are very common, especially in childhood. They are generally small and characterised by a cauliflower-like appearance. They may be uncomfortable but they are not dangerous and will not lead to further health issues or cancer.

This is because hand warts are associated with HPV Types 1 and 2 which are completely benign and will not cause any further complications.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are mostly harmless, occurring mainly on the bottom of the toes or the soles of the feet. They generally do not spread, but should be followed up with treatment and a visit to the doctor to ensure they are plantar warts and the right treatment is recommended.

Although they may not cause any further problems, they can cause pain while walking so treatment should be followed up. They mainly are characterised by their cauliflower like appearance that has hemorrhaging specks or small black petechiae under the skins surface. They can often be confused for a callus or corn so correct diagnosis by your doctor is important.

Plantar warts are very common occurring in approximately 10% of the population at any given time. They are very contagious and can be spread through public swimming pools and showers.

There are a few different types of HPV Treatment that is effective to treat many of the different strains of HPV that cause the above symptoms.

Identifying a possible symptom of a HPV Virus can be easy enough, but it is still very important to seek a doctors advice and to receive the right diagnosis to ensure correct treatment is carried out. So if you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to first see your doctor before treating your symptoms, but remember there are many treatments available for all types of symptoms of HPV.