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What are the symptoms of vestibular papillomatosis?

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The main symptom of vestibular papillomatosis is the appearance of soft, pearl-like papules in symmetrical lines on the inner sides of the vulvae, explains The New England Journal of Medicine. Some papules are grouped together, and others are single protrusions on the labia minora. There is also a discharge that sometimes occurs with vestibular papillomatosis, and the condition is often mistaken for genital warts.

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Most women with vestibular papillomatosis display no symptoms other than the growth of the papules and the slight discharge, according to Wikipedia. Some, however, complain of itching, burning, pain and stinging near the papules.

Notes Wikipedia, the papules present in vestibular papillomatosis are the female equivalent to male pearly penile papules, known as hirsuties coronae glandis. It is not a viral condition, but it is commonly misdiagnosed as human papillomavirus, or HPV. Studies have proven that vestibular papillomatosis is not equivalent to HPV, and it is not a disease that can be transmitted sexually. One of the major differences between vestibular papillomatosis and HPV symptoms is that HPV papules tend to turn white and form in clusters, but vestibular papillomatosis papules do not cluster and do not turn white. The condition is sometimes also called squamous papillomatosis, and in rare cases it may be congenital.

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