What do genital warts look like?
Genital warts can come in various shapes and sizes. Early treatment will prevent the warts from forming large clusters. The first symptom of genital warts is usually the appearance of small soft bumps in the genital or groin area. These warts do not normally cause any discomfort but in rare cases, patients find that they itch or bleed (especially if you scratch them).
When the warts spread, they form clusters. The look of the cluster formations is sometimes referred to as looking like cauliflower.
Common genital warts symptoms:
- skin coloured, small bumps
- raised or flat warts
- the warts may appear in large clusters or you may only find one or two single warts
- the warts are most likely to appear in moist areas
- if left untreated, warts grow and spread across a larger area
Genital warts can also spread through anal and oral sex, causing warts to grow in the anus and mouth.