Stages of Genital Warts
Many people don’t know that they have genital warts because they don’t know what to look for. Many people don’t even know that they are infected, so they infect other people and ignore signs that could get them treatment sooner rather than later. The sooner you seek treatment for genital warts the more treatable they are, meaning they will respond better to less invasive treatment, which is desirable.
The Stages of Genital Warts
When you are first infected with genital warts you will not experience any differences for two to nine months. Then, you may experience redness or irritation in the affected area. You may also just feel a general soreness in the area. If you feel this you should make an appointment with your doctor who may be able to take a closer look and diagnose the genital warts sooner than would otherwise be possible.
The next stage of genital wart is the appearance of flat or just slightly raised bumps. These can be red, gray, or flesh color in appearance and generally are not painful. These can appear in the vagina or anus or anywhere around the vagina or anus. Rarely, genital warts also appear in the mouth or the throat.
As the warts grow they may become bigger and instead of just being one or two, there may be groupings of them all in and around the same area. The warts will take on a rough or cauliflower like appearance that will be easily identifiable to those that look at them.
If left, the warts can cause normal cells to become normal in and around the skin where the wart appears. This means that people who are infected can develop cervical, anal, vaginal, and even penile cancer. This doesn’t occur in every case, but genital warts have been linked to different cancers in countless cases.
Many times, if left alone genital warts will just fall off after a period of time, but this is not always true. The warts seem to simply die off, but if left the warts could simply regenerate, which is why most doctors like to remove them during the first or second stage. It’s important to know the stages of genital warts so you know what to look for, so you can respond sooner and get the warts treated and under control before they become harder to treat. With so many treatment options available today, there is no reason to allow genital warts to progress to the later stages.