A wart is a skin growth caused by the HPV or human papillomavirus. Generally, the virus enters the body through a top layer of skin that has an abrasion or cut. Once you are infected, the virus causes the skin to grow rapidly forming a wart. Most warts usually go away within a few months, but it can take years.
There are several different varieties of warts and unfortunately they can grow anywhere on the body. The most cited are Common Warts, which most often grow on the hands, and Plantar Warts, which most often grow on the soles of the feet.
Warts are easily spread through direct contact with the virus. In fact, you can infect yourself again by touching the wart and then another part of your body. You can infect others by sharing towels, razors or personal items.
Warts come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. A wart may be a bump with a rough surface, or it may be flat and smooth. Warts are usually painless, but warts on a finger or on the bottom of the foot can be painful or itchy.
A doctor can usually tell if a skin growth is a wart just by looking at it. However, in some cases a skin biopsy may be necessary.
Most warts don't need treatment. But if you have warts that are painful or spreading, or if you are bothered by the way they look, your treatment choices include:
- Using over the counter medications.
- Freezing the wart (cryotherapy).
- Removing the wart with surgery.
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