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What are warts?

| Articles | August 26, 2011

Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin or mucous

membranes. Viruses that cause warts belong to a “family” called human papillomavirus (HPV). The

appearance of a wart depends on where it is growing. Warts are usually skin colored and feel rough to

the touch, but can be dark, flat or smooth.

There are several different types of warts. The first one I am going to tell you about is called common warts. Common warts grows around the nails, on the fingers and on the backs of the hands. They are more

common where skin has been broken, for example where fingernails are bitten or hangnails picked.

The second type of warts are foot warts. Foot warts are usually on the sole of the feet and they are called plantar warts. When plantar warts grow in clusters they are known as mosaic warts. Most plantar warts do not stick up because the pressure of walking flattens them and pushes them back into the skin. These warts often have black dots that are actually blood vessels.

The third type of warts are called flat warts. Flat warts are smaller and smoother than other types of warts. They tend to grown in great numbers. They can grow from twenty to one hunder at any one time.They can occur anywhere, but in children they are most common on the face. In adults they are often found in the beard area in men and on the legs in women. Irritation from shaving probably accounts for this.

Many people can get warts and not even know they are there. It just depends on what kind of warts you come in contact with. Some warts can be painful and even cause burning just depending on where they are located at on your body.

Warts probably are passed from person to person, sometimes indirectly. The time between the first contact and

the time that the warts can be seen is often several months. The risk of catching hand, foot and flat warts is

small. Wearing shower thongs, taking proper care of hands and feet can limit the spread of warts. Genital

warts seem to be more contagious. It is important to use precautions to limit the spread of genital warts.

Some people will get parts and some will not get them. It just depends on how they come in contact with them. If you do come in contact with warts heres how you can get rid of them. Warts often disappear without treatment over a period of several months to years. However, since warts can be spread to others or new areas of the body, it is reasonable to treat most people, especially if the warts are bothersome or painful.

Some people will get them burned off with aicd or being froze off it. These methods both can be painful but it works.There are some wart remedies available without a prescription. However, you might mistake another kind of

skin growth for a wart, and end up treating something serious as though it were a wart. If you have any

questions about either the diagnosis or the correct way to treat a wart, you should seek medical advice.

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