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Papillomas - What are they

Papillomas look like small moles and are small, round, benign lumps of skin. Usually their color is the same as the skin, while they can be pink, brown or even dark. In the latter case, papillomas resemble common moles (moles). Papillomas are caused by HPV viruses, the viruses that cause papillomas and warts, except that they are not as contagious.

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Papillomas are usually asymptomatic and are particularly common in people after the age of 25-30. If they grow in size or multiply they can cause:

  • itching
  • burning sensation
  • bleeding in case of self-injury

They usually occur in hot and moist areas of the body, where the skin forms folds and favors the growth of HPV viruses. Such areas are the neck, face and especially the eyelids, armpits, chest and groin areas. Genital papillomas require special attention before they are removed and any possibility of association with warts must be excluded. The same applies to vaginal papillomas and anal papillomas.

Scratching or rubbing can lead to inflammation of the papillomas. In this case there is swelling and pain. In many cases, the inflammation following papillary injury may require the use of topical or systemic antibiotics.



Papillomas, although caused by different genotypes of the HPV virus, are not easily transmitted from person to person. However, some individuals have a greater susceptibility and predisposition to the virus. They can, however, spread to the person themselves after rubbing or injuring the area. The main culprits responsible for papillomas are HPV 6 and HPV 11, as well as numerous other types of low-risk HPV viruses.


Causes of Appearance

Although papillomas can occur in anyone, their occurrence is favored by the following predisposing factors:

  • Body weight (overweight or obese people)
  • Pregnancy
  • Endocrinopathies
  • Pregnancy or obesity, pregnancy, pregnancy, pregnancy, pregnancy, pregnancy, pregnancy, obesity
  • Co-existence of papillomas or warts
  • Heredity



The diagnosis of papillomas should be made exclusively by a dermatologist, emphasizes Dermatologist – Venereologist Dr. Amalia Tsiatoura and is clinical, with the exception of certain cases where a biopsy or HPV-DNA test is required. In any case, the treatment of papillomas is imperative, both for medical and aesthetic reasons.

The currently available options for the treatment of papillomas are: