HPV Warts in the Throat

Certain Human papillomavirus (HPV) types, such as the low-risk 6 and 11, or the high-risk 16 and 18, may cause warts and other lesions to develop in your throat.

Risk Factors and HPV Warts in the Throat

Warts in the throat, also known as anogenital warts, are a type of sexually transmitted decease (STD) that is transmitted mainly through oral sex with an infected partner. And besides, any of the following factors increases the risk of getting a HPV wart infection.

* Having multiple sex partners;

* Starting one’s sexual life too early;

* Having past history of STDs;

* Having a partner with past history of STDs;

* Using certain birth control pills;

* Smoking, drugs, alcohol, and excessive stress;

* Weakened immune system.

Identifying HPV Warts in Throat

Throat warts are whitish cauliflower-like bumps usually in the back of the throat. But these may attack any other area of the mouth, cheeks, or lips. These warts may be painless, but sometimes they cause pain, itching, or other unpleasant feelings. No matter whether a wart infection causes any physical discomfort or not, it is vital to identify it early. If you manage to do that (with the help of your doctor, dentist, or an ear, nose and throat specialist), the HPV infection may not develop into oral cancer.

Out of the various strains of HPV viruses, the types causing throat warts are known to attack the epithelial surfaces. These include all areas covered by skin or mucosa, such as the mouth, cheeks, throat, tongue, and tonsils.

Throat Warts Treatment

The treatment of HPV warts in the throat includes surgery, and laser or liquid nitrogen treatment. These methods are recommended if the warts are too painful to carry out your normal activities or are present for longer than two weeks. The laser treatment procedure usually takes about 15 minutes. The treatment with liquid nitrogen is used when the warts are fewer than five. Your doctor will place the liquid nitrogen on a long cotton swab and direct it toward each wart for a couple of seconds. The result will come in a few days. This procedure is a bit cheaper than the laser treatment one. Besides these options, you can use some home remedies to reduce the pain and itching if there are any. Drinking liquids, eating soft foods, and gargling with warm, salty water are helpful natural remedies. Keep in mind that none of the modern treatments prevent warts from re-occurring.

Throat Warts Prevention

Gardasil is a new HPV vaccine that helps prevent infections caused by the HPV high-risk types 16 and 18, and the low-risk ones, 6 and 11. The HPV strains 16 and 18 are responsible for about 70 percent of the cervical and other types of anogenital cancer cases; while HPV 6 and 11 have caused some 90 percent of all reported cases of genital warts.


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8 Responses to HPV Warts in the Throat

  1. Reann says:

    The video was very informative but I have couple questions. Can you have both low risk and high risk hpv at the same time? If you have gential warts and herpes, would you still be able to have a heatlhy baby or will your baby get warts in the throat or anything like that? Recently I have been having pain when swallowing, can that be warts on the back of my throat or tongue. I do not know. Thanks for your help.

    • avesila says:

      Yes, you can get more than one HPV type at the same time (there are more than 100 strains). In general, the possibility for this happening – a baby getting warts in the throat – is said to be small. I think doctors are to closely monitor the mother-to-be in this case. Pain when swallowing can be a symptom of more than one condition. This is a good question to ask a medical professional. I hope this helps a bit.

  2. jasmine says:

    Can low-risk cause warTs in the back

  3. hannah says:

    My child is 5 years old and has this! Ive been yested a bunch of times and never have they told me i have it! Does it mean i do and i gave it to her? And i know there is no cure and i came to terms with that but what other treatments are theee besides being lasered off? Hers is on her voice box and everytime i ask her doctor what kind of treatments or therapies there are all he says is there is no cure! But i never asked about the cure lol i just want it not to come back as offen we go every 3 mont

    • avesila says:

      Hi, thank you for your comment and sorry to hear about this. It is possible that you have passed the virus to your child, but there is one type of HPV (HPV 7), which can cause different types of warts to grow – oral, genital, and common warts. Viruses that cause common warts are transmitted through direct contact – say, children playing with peers. In general, warts are more common in children because their immune system is still not fully developed. In terms of the rate of transmission from mother to child during labor, I have read that 1 in 80 children gets infected.

      Yes, there is no cure for warts as far as I know, but in most cases the immune system clears the virus on its own. The high-risk type of HPV (those that cause cancer) are the ones that are a source of concern. I hope this helps a bit.

  4. Matthew says:

    Hello dear,

    First of all, thank you very much for your very informative website.

    I am unfortunately infected with genital warts and I’m pretty sure of having them in my mouth too. I would like to know, in your opinion and from your personal experience and knowledge, how great is the risk of transmitting mouth warts to someone else.

    Here are my main concerns: by kissing, by sharing a glass of water or a bottle of beer, by eating in the same plate, by using the same utensils, by oral sex (passing it from mouth to vagina), etc. I am extremely worried to infect my friends and the people I love and live with.

    Thank you very much, your input is greatly appreciated.

    • avesila says:

      Hi, thanks for your response. From what I’ve read, the risk of transmission by sharing a glass is minimal. Theoretically, HPV can survive on cutlery or glass for a short period of time. The risk of transmitting it is low, however, because the cutlery or glass is not firmly rubbed on the lips of the other person. The risk is even lower if you are sharing a towel or soap. Theoretically again, HPV can survive on a toilet seat, but the environment has to be humid and the seat wet (plus, you have to rub your skin against the toilet seat). So, in this combination of factors, the risk of transmission is very low. Kissing carries a higher risk of transmission in comparison with the above. I hope this helps a bit.

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