Common warts appear as rough, raised, and coarse bumps that usually appear on a patient’s hands, fingers, or limbs. In the majority of cases, common warts are nothing to worry about. However, there are cases wherein patients report common warts causing pain. These are also susceptible to injury and bleeding.
Usually seen as rough-surfaced lesions, genital warts also appear as small, cauliflower-like lesions or finger-like protrusions that may seen in the anogenital area. For women, these warts usually appear on or near the vulva, and sometimes, the anus. For males, genital warts can appear on the penis, on or around the scrotum, and on or around the anus as well. Genital warts can cause itching, irritation, discharge, and at times may feel tender to the touch. But these do not pose any significant danger.
Plantar warts, in comparison to the other aforementioned warts, are hard, grainy, and irregular growths that appear on the heels and the balls, and even toes of the feet. These are known to cause pain , especially when walking or running.
Flat warts refer to HPV infection that are slightly raised and flat-topped. These skin-colored or brown warts can appear anywhere on the body, but are more common on the face and the beard area of men. These may also appear anywhere between the legs for women. They generally cause no symptoms.
In conclusion, HPV does not always show up right away. The latency period can range from weeks, months, or years after exposure to the virus. As protection against high-risk types of HPV and genital warts, it is important to have yourself vaccinated for HPV when possible and to be in touch with your doctor if you suspect having contracted any STD.
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