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Warts


What is a wart?
Warts are a common skin infection caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), which that most often occur in children and young adults. Medical conditions such as eczema and immunosuppression as well as cuts and scrapes may increase the risk for infection.  Warts are benign (not cancerous).
 
Are warts contagious?
Yes.  Warts are most commonly transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and can spread on the person or between persons. Contact with fomites (objects or materials that are likely to carry infection, such as clothes, utensils, and furniture) may be an additional mode of transmission.

To avoid spreading warts, do the following:

  • Do not pick or scratch warts, or touch someone else’s wart.
  • Wash your hands after treating warts.
  • Wear flip-flops in public showers and pool areas.
  • Keep warts on your feet dry, as moisture tends to allow warts to spread.


Who gets warts?
Anyone can get warts, but some people are more prone to getting a wart virus (HPV) than others, including:

  • Children and teens
  • People who bite their nails or pick at hangnails
  • People with weakened immune systems


Are there different types of warts?
The three major types of cutaneous warts are common warts, plantar warts, and flat warts.
 
Should you treat warts on children?
Fortunately, warts do not harm a child’s health and often go away on their own. Still, many children are bothered by warts and want them removed. Warts on feet can pose problems, leading to discomfort and inability to perform well in sports, for instance. Even common warts on hands may bother a child who is embarrassed.
 
How can I treat my warts?
In addition to over-the-counter (OTC) wart removers, the providers at Valley of the Sun Dermatology can freeze the wart with liquid nitrogen in the office or give a prescription-strength “wart stick” that we have made specifically for our patients. 

If you have warts you want to get rid of, please schedule an appointment with one of our providers.







 

 
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