Warts are viral infections of the skin caused by Human Papilloma Virus. They present as rough skin outgrowths. There are different types of warts like periungual, common, plantar, filiform, genital.
Viruses called human papillomavirus (HPV) cause warts. It is easier to catch a virus that causes warts when you have a cut or scrape on your skin. This explains why so many children get warts. Warts also are more common on parts of the body that people shave such as the beard area in men and the legs in women. You can spread warts from one place on your body to another.
Warts can spread from person to person. You can get warts from touching a wart on someone’s body. Some people get a wart after touching something that another person’s wart touched, such as a towel. It often takes a few months for warts to grow large enough to see.
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Warts are contagious and spread from one person to another through skin contact.
- Do not share towels, personal hygiene products
- Wear footwear in public places like gyms, swimming pools, showers to avoid plantar warts
- Washing hands and face and wearing clean clothes prevents infection
- Do not touch/ scratch your wart
- Do not bite your nails/ cuticles
- Dry off your warts after washing hands
- Keep your warts covered with bandage
- Improve your immunity
- Seek treatment earliest