A wart is a hardened, bumpy or rough piece of skin that grows faster than normal. Warts are caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Most warts are harmless, but the virus that causes warts is contagious and can be spread by direct contact with others. Warts may develop anywhere on the body, including the bottom of the feet, the palm of the hands, fingers, and genitals. Warts are typically brown or flesh-colored, although genital warts may also appear pink or red.
How are warts Spread?
If you have any type of skin wart, it means that you came in contact with a wart-causing virus sometime in the past, though it could have been months ago.
“The most common way is direct skin-to-skin contact, such as shaking hands with someone who has warts on their hand. You can also get the virus from inanimate objects, like towels that have been used by someone with a wart.” The viruses are more likely to cause warts when they come in contact with skin that is damaged or cut.
Is it possible to prevent skin warts?
- Be sure you wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
- If you work out at a gym, make sure that you clean equipment before use with a clean towel.
- Protect yourself in the gym locker room and shower by wearing rubber flip-flops or sandals.
The second way to prevent skin warts is to keep your skin as cut- and nick-free as possible.
What is the best way to remove warts?
If your warts are causing you emotional or physical discomfort, see a dermatologist, who can freeze or burn the wart off, or use immune boosting medicines.
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