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Non-genital warts don’t usually have a major impact on quality of life. Aside from the pain caused by plantar warts, non-genital warts pose no physical threat or discomfort to otherwise healthy individuals. In addition, people with common, flat, plantar, periungal and filiform warts generally cope well psychologically with their condition even though large or multiple warts may be unsightly and cause embarrassment.

People with genital warts may feel shame at the social stigma of being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, particularly if their family and friends react negatively to their condition or withdraw support. Fortunately, these attitudes and emotions usually fade over time. Some genital wart patients may also find it challenging to adjust their sexual habits to prevent spreading their disease. Professional counselling can help people work through feelings of shame or depression, and can help people develop strategies for altering their sexual practices.

 

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