I am sure that at least 95% of you know about warts as they are a common occurrence. This is a small knob or bump that grows on the skin. Warts do not hurt at all in most cases, yet, there are some cases that warts may itch and be sore. However, most of the time this is when the warts are on your feet.
There are five different kinds of warts.
Here is a look at these types.
• Common warts – are mostly found on the hands.
• Flat warts – they are found on the forehead or the face.
• Plantar warts – these warts appear on the bottom of your feet.
• Genital warts – this wart is also known as Condyloma and are found on the genitals. The private area between your thighs.
• Periungual and Subungual wats – these are most common around the toenails and fingernails.
Causes of Warts
Warts are generally caused by an infection due to a variety of viruses. These viruses are part of the family of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are able to grow on any body part and are not limited to specific areas even though they are generally found only in certain areas.
They don’t just grow on your skin they can also grow inside your mouth, on your genitals and rectal area. There are more than 100 different types of HPV virus infections.
The more common types of HPV cause warts to grow on the fingernails, toenails and on the hands. Other types of HPV can cause warts to grow on other parts of the rectal area or genitals.
Some people get wart easier than other and some don’t get them at all. This is due to their body’s resistance as some people are more resistant to any of the HPV viruses.
Are warts contagious?
Oh yes, warts are surely contagious. Warts can transfer from one person to another person by touching warts on the skin. Additionally, it can be given to another person though using the same towel, clothing or objects that a person with warts used.
If a person has warts on their genitals, they can be given it to another person through any kind of contacts such as intercourse and even oral sex. If your partner has warts on his or her genitals it is very important that you guys have safe sex. In a woman’s case, she might not always know she has wart because warts can grow on the cervix, that is the inside of the vagina. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Do warts go away?
Yes, warts do eventually go away on their own but are can take months or even years to disappear without treatment. Nonetheless, there are certain warts that just don’t want to go away on their own. The doctor still can’t say why only some types go away and other do not.
Warts need to be treated.
Warts can get in the way of your everyday life, they can bleed or when bump it can cause them to be painful. Sometimes warts can also be embarrassing, for example, if you grow warts on your face. I’m sure you don’t want to walk around and have them on your face where people can see.
With proper treatment, it can also help decrease the risk of spreading to another part of your body or those you love.
How are warts removed?
Common warts like those on the fingernails and others such as on the genitals are removed in different ways. You must please not try any home remedies or drugs to try and remove warts on your own. Certain things might hurt more and do damage to your skin, especially on your genitals. Before treating any warts ask your doctor first and see what he/she thinks.
Here are some things that may help get rid of warts on your hands and feet:
• Applying Salicylic Acid
• Applying Cantharidin
• Applying Liquid Nitrogen
Remember first find out from your doctor before using anything. He or she will tell you what will work the best for you.
Warts on the genital area must only be removed by your doctor. These warts can be removed but there is no cure. This means that warts will eventually come back.
Do common warts come back?
In most cases when warts are removed, they don’t come back at all, but there is a chance that they may come back. Usually, if they come back it is due to the virus that is causing them and it has no cure. If you are living in an environment or area that is mostly wet, then you will have difficulty in getting rid of them.
If your wart does come back after treatment, please talk to your doctor to see about using another treatment to get rid of them.