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Should you be worried about warts?

Today, over 70 percent of the population of the entire world at one point or another suffers from the common skin disorder known as warts. Warts can be a hindrance from more than just the medical point of view, though one should not underestimate the threat therein. Warts are also damaging on a social level. There is very little that can do more damage to one's self-esteem than a very noticeable discolored growth in an obvious location on the body.

What Causes Warts?

Warts are the direct result of a particular type of virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus can present itself in many forms, but all tend to affect the epidermis as well as the mucus membranes of potential sufferers.

The Wart Misconception

A popular misconception regarding warts is that they are not contagious. Actually, warts are very contagious. Making skin contact with another individual or with an item that an infected individual might have rubbed the wart against can transfer the virus.

Types of Warts

Due to the numerous forms of the wart-causing papillomavirus, warts can present themselves in several different varieties. The most common form is the flat wart. This particular type is often overlooked as a wart and considered to be nothing more than a large freckle or simply a spot on the skin.

Other forms include the second most common incarnation, genital warts (an STD), as well as plantar warts, which appear on the feet. While hands, feet and genitals are common places for warts, they can be formed virtually anywhere on the human body.

Wart Treatments

There are many ways to successfully treat warts. You can find several good options at your local pharmacy, including nutritional supplements for warts. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to consult a physician before trying to remove a wart at home. In most cases, your doctor can prescribe a very effective short-term solution for you. More extensive medical treatments include liquid nitrogen and surgery.

As for avoiding skin disorders growths warts altogether, there are a number of suggestions:

  • Wash your skin regularly
  • Clean cuts with soap or disinfectant (open wounds are more susceptible to warts)
  • Don't pick or scratch warts; this may spread the virus to other parts of your body
  • Wear shoes in public showers, change rooms, etc.
  • Change socks every day to keep feet clean and dry
  • Follow safe sex practices, including the use of condoms
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