Genital warts, like most sexually transmitted diseases, are usually asymptomatic at first. The symptoms of genital warts vary, as the warts themselves don’t appear in the beginning.
Almost half of the women infected with genital warts have absolutely no visible symptoms. However, the first set of visible symptoms of genital warts begins to appear between three weeks and three months after exposure to the virus.
The size of the warts may vary from being microscopic to a few centimeters long; many such warts join together to form one big wart. The warts appear to be gray, pink, or red and look like cauliflower–shaped lesions. The genital warts exhibit in either flat or raised growth, depending on the type and severity of the infection.
Discharge of fluids from the lesions, bleeding, irritation, and discharge can be signs of genital warts.
People can easily mistake genital warts symptoms for the symptoms of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like genital herpes or syphilis. Some Papilloma viruses imitate symptoms of genital warts. Penile papules and angiokeratomas are some of the other diseases the symptoms of which can easily be mistaken for the symptoms of genital warts. There are no other known symptoms of genital warts, though the aforementioned symptoms of genital warts can vary to slight degrees in color, texture, and intensity, depending on the person who is infected and the amount to which the infection is left untreated.
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