Symptoms of HPV in Women

 
 
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2012
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HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) infections in women show different signs and symptoms depending on the type of virus that they contracted and where in the body the infection occurred.

 

HPV has more than 100 identified strains and each strain can be associated with a specific type of resulting condition. Some HPV infections even show no symptoms. HPV is a very common sexually-transmitted virus, but still, lots of women are unaware whether they are infected.

 

HPV is transmitted through direct skin contact. Genital HPV infection happen through vaginal or anal sex, but the virus can still spread even without the occurrence of sexual intercourse. HPV symptoms in women often include formation of genital warts and presence of precancerous developments in the genital area.

 

The Obvious Symptoms

 

Some HPV infections clear out even without medical treatment. In such cases, genital warts and other forms of warts do not appear since the patient’s immune system was fast to fight the infection. In other cases, several types of warts may develop due to HPV.

 

Genital Warts

 

Genital warts come in different appearances. Usually, they are soft pinkish swellings but can also appear in cauliflower-like or stem-like protrusions. Genital warts may also appear as flat lesions.

 

The genital warts can appear in several portions of the genital region:

-      Vulva

-      Vagina

-      Cervix

 

Genital warts will not automatically appear after having sex with an infected individual. It may take up to weeks or months or for some the warts will not come at all.

 

Several other types of warts:

-      Common warts – rough protrusions that are usually found around the hands and fingers. They are generally not painful but can still be bleeding.

-      Plantar warts – hard bumps commonly found around the feet. These warts may cause pain and discomfort.

-      Flat warts – flat-topped darker than the skin tone bumps commonly found in the face, neck, hands, wrists, elbows and knees.

 

Cancer

 

The worse cases of HPV infections lead to development of precancerous changes around the genitalia and eventually contracting cancers.

 

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