Hpv Symptoms


Identifying an HPV infection tends to be easy enough, in that most of us can spot it with no help from a physician. We all know what warts look like, right? However, self-diagnosis should only ever be used as incentive towards seeking professional diagnosis. Do not take any steps to self medicate a serious HPV infection until you have consulted with a physician.

That said, there are several strains of HPV, and each type will tend to show its own unique symptoms...

Hand Warts

Common in childhood, this is a form of wart that most of us contract sooner or later. Hand warts tend to have a small, cauliflower like appearance.Luckily, the types of HPV associated with hand warts, such as HPV types 1 and 2, are entirely benign beyond the warts themselves. They are unsightly and uncomfortable, but they’re certainly not dangerous in that they won’t lead to cancer or any further health complications.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts tend to occur on the soles of the foot, or along the bottom of the toes. Plantar warts are self-limiting, in that they will not tend to spread beyond a certain point, however, they should be treated nonetheless, as they do tend to result in pain when walking. Plantar warts can be easily identified by their cauliflower like appearance with tiny black petechiae, or hemorrhaging specks under the skin. Plantar warts look a bit like corns or calluses, and you should certainly consult a physician to reduce the risk of misdiagnosis.

Plantar warts are incredibly common, affecting roughly ten percent of the population at one point or other, and are highly contagious, especially in public showers, swimming pools and so on.

Genital warts

To clear up some urban legends, genital warts are typically spread only through direct skin to skin contact. Genital warts are caused by HPV types 6, 11, 30, 42 through 45, 51, 52, and 54, with types 6 and 11 being the most common, accounting for around 70% of all genital warts cases combined.

Genital warts tend to appear in clusters and can be either very small, or spread into large areas along the genitals. Women can experience genital warts along the outside of their vagina, or along the cervix, the womb, or the anus. It is possible, but not incredibly likely, to spread venereal warts to the mouth through oral sex.

Should you see signs of a possible genital wart infection, you should certainly seek a physician’s advice before taking any further steps. In some cases, something else may be misdiagnosed by an individual as genital warts, and in other cases, simple medication won’t be enough to fight the infection. In any event, until your physician advises otherwise, do not have sex without a latex condom, as even in the absence of an active infection, genital warts can remain highly contagious.