Warts can affects anyone, but they are more likely to occur in children and teens. They are small skin growths that are caused by virus of HPV (the human papillomavirus) family. They can appear anywhere, but they love to infect moist, warm areas of your skin such as small scratches or cuts on the hand, soles of feet, and fingers.
The viral infection that causes warts can spread by direct contact of skin-to-skin or indirect contact (such as touching /using anything that has been used by a person with a wart, like towel). There is also a chance for the virus to stay in the communal facilities (such as public shower) and then cause wart in vulnerable people.
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The problem can spread and invade other areas of the body. Therefore, it’s important to keep the tools separate. Don’t use the same tools for both the wart and areas of the skin that are not affected! See also more tips to prevent it from spreading in here!
It seems that not all cases of direct contact to the virus will definitely cause warts. Some people are relatively easier to have the problem than others.
Another interesting fact, did you know why the problem is more common in children and young adults /teens? The answer may be still debatable. But it seems that the immune system may play a key role. As we age, the immune system tends to become stronger to fight against the viral infection that causes wart.
Since there are different types of virus of HPV family that cause the problem, the disease has several types. In general, the classification is based on the areas of where the problem appears.
Common warts often affect hands and fingers. Except for genital warts, most types of warts are commonly treated with almost the same treatment approaches.
Especially for genital warts and warts on face, the treatment should be done only with prescription. Genital warts are more contagious and easier to spread to other people. And face is one of the most sensitive areas of your skin.
Except for genital warts, most warts are generally harmless and usually don’t cause any problems. Therefore, they don’t always require treatment.
Sometime the problem can go away spontaneously without treatment, though it can take anywhere from within several months to years (within about 2 years).
And after they appear go away, they may return – this can vary from sufferer to sufferer. Depending on the severity of the problem and how you treat it, you may have minor scars or without any scars after the warts are gone.
Warts that don’t get worse or don’t cause uncomfortable symptoms are commonly safe to be ignored. However, first you need to make sure the kind of your skin problem that you are experiencing!
This is important since sometime malignant skin growths are misrepresented as warts. Therefore, to keep safe, see a doctor first to get a clearly diagnosis!
Unfortunately, warts are more likely to become painful and can cause other discomforts when they appear on the areas where often get pressure /touched all of the time such as soles of feet and finger.
For this reason, the treatment may be required. The following are some common treatment options: