Where Do Genital Warts Appear?

When most people think of genital warts they think of warts right on the penis or on the vagina, but genital warts can appear in many places in and around the genitals. The reason that the warts are often referred to as genital warts is because these are the places where the warts are most commonly found and also because the disease is usually spread through close intimate or sexual contact. Genital warts is the name given to the warts, but they don’t have to appear right on the genitals to be caused by the same disease.

More About Where Genital Warts Appear

Genital warts appear in many areas of the body, in fact you may be surprised by how widespread these warts can be. Genital warts appear in places such as but not limited to:

  • vulva
  • in or around the vagina
  • in or around the anus
  • on the cervix
  • on the penis
  • on the scrotum
  • in the groin area
  • on the thigh
  • in or around the mouth or throat

As you can see, genital warts appear not only on the genitals but the surrounding areas. One thing that many people don’t know about genital warts is that they can be found in the mouth and the throat when you have had oral sex with someone who is infected.

Of course, there may be symptoms of genital warts before you actually see the warts or you may not even know what you are looking for. Knowing what to look for or what the symptoms of genital warts are will allow you to see them when they do appear so you can get them treated sooner rather than later. When you treat genital warts earlier on in they will be easier to treat. On that note, some common symptoms include:

  • Unexplained itching in the affected area
  • Swelling or redness in the genital area
  • Fleshy bumps that are painless in the genital region
  • Bleeding during or after intercourse
  • Bumps in the genital region that join together
  • Discharge
  • Urinary obstruction
  • Painful sex
  • Previous history of sexually transmitted disease
  • Warts or bumps in more than one area

If you believe you have genital warts or you have seen genital warts appear you should visit your doctor. He or she can help you understand the disease better and also help you consider your treatment options.