Warts are skin growths that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
There are more than 60 kinds of HPV, some of which tend to cause warts on the skin. HPV stimulates quick growth of cells on the skin’s outer layer.
In most cases, common warts appear on the fingers, near the fingernails, or on the hands or feet. Certain types of HPV can also cause warts to appear on the genital area. These warts are considered sexually transmitted.
Warts very contagious and can spread easily from one person to another. Skin to skin contact or contact with a surface that has touched someone else’s warts, such as with towels or bathmats are common modes of transmission. Warts can also spread from one area of your body to another. For this reason, it is important not to pick at your warts. Be mindful of warts in areas where you shave. Shaving over the wart could transfer the virus to the razor and then spread it to other areas of your body. One of the best precautions to take to minimize your risk of acquiring warts is to wash your hands regularly or use condoms during sexual activity.
Treatment of your warts will depend on the location of the warts and personal preference. Freezing with liquid nitrogen is the fastest and most popular wart treatment. There are also topical applications that can be used to treat warts, especially in more sensitive areas. These topicals cause a reaction in which a blister forms beneath the wart, thereby killing part if not all of the wart. All wart treatments may require multiple visits to “beat the wart into submission” and get full resolution. Other treatment modalities may include surgical removal of the wart and the injection or application of certain drugs that strengthen your immune system’s response to the wart. Schedule an appointment with the Medical Man Cave today to see which treatment is best for you.