Genital warts, like most sexually transmitted diseases, are usually non-symptomatic at first. They might even be completely painless. The symptoms vary; 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 of exposure to the virus.
The warts may be vexing due to their size and location. The warts appear to be gray, pink, or red and look like cauliflower-shaped lesions. Genital warts can appear as either flat or raised growths, depending on the type and severity of the infection. Symptoms may also include frequent itching accompanied by a burning sensation and dampness.
Discharge of fluids from the lesions is another common symptom of genital warts. Bleeding can occur due to excessive scratching or because there are warts in the cervical area and inside the vagina. The bleeding may accompany the abnormal discharge of vaginal fluids. Genital warts can spread to the anus region in men and women alike.
People can easily mistake genital warts symptoms for the symptoms of other sexually transmitted diseases, such as genital herpes or syphilis. Some viruses imitate symptoms of genital warts.
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