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What Do HPV Warts Look Like?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease whose symptoms are warts, both in men and women.

But… what exactly do these warts look like so as not to confuse them with other formations or bumps such as those formed by folliculitis?

Right on this occasion, we will be providing you with the best information in order to detect a possible case of HPV by correctly distinguishing its warts.

How do you know if a wart is caused by HPV?

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Detecting warts caused by the human papillomavirus is a crucial step before proceeding to take necessary precautions while scheduling an appointment with a specialist doctor (urologist or gynecologist).

Therefore, it is advisable to know their characteristics.

These warts generally appear in the affected area as small lumps, and their size can vary, depending on the level of the body’s defenses at that time.

And also depending on the structure of the virus itself, since it is important to mention that there are currently more than 100 types of human papillomavirus.

Among other easily verifiable characteristics when evaluating a possible case of HPV, is the formation of these warts.

They can be flat or have a cauliflower-like appearance, in addition to having a color similar to that of the affected person’s skin, but with a lighter or darker shade depending on the case.

The closer the warts are to the genital area or anus, the higher the possibility of having contracted HPV.

How do I know what type of warts I have?

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Knowing how to recognize warts caused by HPV requires having reliable information about their different types.

And this is so because they could not only appear in areas already discussed such as the anus or genitals, but also anywhere else on the body.

Regarding the types of warts caused after a possible HPV infection, there are common warts, flat warts, plantar warts, and anogenital warts.

Let’s describe each one:

Common warts

These warts have a color very similar to the patient’s skin, and they also have a rough texture to the touch and areas of appearance such as the hands.

Flat warts

Being yellow in color and usually about 2 to 4 mm in diameter, flat warts are also characterized by being of a smooth texture. The location of these is usually on the face or the back of the hands.

Plantar warts

As their name indicates, these warts appear on the sole of the feet, but perhaps the most characteristic feature of them, is how extremely sensitive they are to any type of pressure, causing severe pain to the patient who suffers from them.

Anogenital warts

Other warts that practically describe themselves through their name, are anogenital warts, which usually appear in areas such as the anus or genitals.

For a more definitive diagnosis confirming the type of warts, we always recommend that you see a specialist to obtain accurate information about your current condition.

When should you worry about a wart?

Among the different types of HPV that science has been able to catalog, there are some that do not represent a risk to the person who already has them.

However, other variants have been identified that can cause some types of cancer such as penis, anus, and even cervical cancer.

You should worry about a wart if they appear in the genital area. However, in order to have accurate conclusions about whether the warts you have are the product of an aggressive HPV variant…

… the best recommendation is to consult a doctor to conduct a study that confirms or rules out any possible danger to your physical integrity.

Among some of the types of HPV that pose a risk to the patient, it is known that types 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 66, and 68 will require immediate assistance after the results have been confirmed after the study.

What happens if I touch a wart?

Warts caused by the human papillomavirus should only be touched in depth by the specialist doctor when starting the analysis and study with the aim of determining if you have HPV and if so, which variant you have.

Touching warts without the necessary protection or hygiene could worsen your current health condition, as they are at risk of becoming infected. Similarly, it is not recommended to try to prick or remove warts on your own.

What vitamins can I take to eliminate genital warts?

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Warts that are the product of the human papillomavirus are eliminated by the immune system itself after two years in most cases.

But, even knowing this important fact, it is also appropriate to mention the vitamins that serve as a perfect reinforcement to guarantee such elimination.

Among the vitamins that we recommend you consume to eliminate genital warts are A, C, D, B12, which you can get from food.

The best foods to acquire these vitamins are:

As an extra tip, daily exercise and a balanced diet low in highly processed products, helps to eliminate the virus.

What cream is good for warts?

Fortunately, medicine has achieved significant changes in terms of detection methods, as well as treatment for patients who have already been infected with HPV.

A cream that is very good for warts is called Imiquimod, one of the most common because it boosts the immune system’s defenses, which in turn enhances the elimination of warts.

These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.

What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.

For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.

Click here to see what he did

I wish you great success in your recovery!


Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.

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