As the name, suggests, oral warts are found inside the cavity of the mouth. They can also appear in the areas surrounding the lips. Unlike the other kind of facial warts, oral warts do not appear in clusters. At a given time, a person is likely to suffer from one wart or a few of them inside the oral cavity.
Unlike the other types of warts, the oral warts are smaller in size. They are rather discrete and are lumpy and rough. These types of warts can be of various shapes. These warts can develop as dome-shaped mounds, which are white or mucosa colored. They can also be flat-topped, mucosa colored or thick frond-like outgrowths.
Human Papilloma Virus, commonly known as HPV, is the main cause of these warts. This virus is composed of a DNA with double strands. This virus has almost 100 strains. Among all the strains, only the HPV13, HPV32, HPV2, HPV6 and HPV11 strains are responsible for causing these warts.
Like other types of warts, oral warts are also contagious in nature. The pathogen spreads quickly and infects when it comes in contact with moist and warm skin conditions. Lack of hygiene can be blamed for this. Kissing is also a way by which oral warts spread. Oral warts are commonly seen in people who suffer from low immunity. People suffering from HIV also complain of these types of warts.
The following are some steps that can be taken to prevent oral warts:
The strains of HPV are mainly transmitted via sexual activities. When the infected skin comes in contact with other areas, or in this case, the cells of the mucous membrane of the mouth, it lays the foundation of oral warts.
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