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5 Symptoms of Genital Warts

Genital warts, caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection, manifest as soft, painless growths in the genital area.

  • 28 Feb 2024
  • 2 min read

Genital warts (also known as venereal warts) represent a type of sexually transmitted infection that occurs from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection. A soft, hollow outgrowth appears over and around the genital area that usually does not hurt but may be painful when touched and cause itching. 

What are the Symptoms of Genital Warts? 

Genital warts are transmitted sexually and appear like whitish or skin colour bumps on the affected area. It may appear as a single wart or as a cluster of 5-10 warts at a place. In males, genital warts can appear in areas such as the penis, scrotum, groin, thighs, and inside and around the anus. In females, they can appear inside and outside the vagina, cervix, vulva, and inside and around the anus. Genital warts may also appear in the mouth or throat of individuals who have had oral sex with an infected person.  

Early infection is hard to identify as it may be asymptomatic. Here are some common venereal wart symptoms: 

  • Itching
  • Vaginal discharge in females
  • Bleeding in the affected area
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain, particularly if the warts are large 


Genital warts sometimes go away on their own, but the infectious virus usually remains and can cause several outbreaks in the future. Early anogenital wart symptoms typically include itching and burning sensations that can further progress into a severe outbreak. Topical treatment of these warts with creams and surgery is a well-known medical intervention. Nevertheless, healthcare professionals always advise patients to go for a good health insurance policy to manage treatment costs that may exceed expectations if complications arise.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your general physician or another certified medical professional for any questions regarding a medical condition. Relying on any information provided in this blog is solely at your own risk, and ICICI Lombard is not responsible for any effects or consequences resulting from the use of the information shared.

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