Conditions and Causes
Warts are your body’s reaction to the human papillomavirus (HPV), which typically enters your skin through a cut or scrape. The virus is contagious, spread by direct contact with a wart or something that has touched the wart.
Gyms or other places where you come into close contact with other people are ideal locations for the spread of the wart virus. After you contract the virus it may take a few months for the wart to grow large enough to be visible.
Anyone can get warts, but those most likely to get them are children and teens, people who bite their fingernails or pick at hangnails, and those with a weakened immune system.
There are four types of warts:
You should see us for treatment if you have:
- A suspicious growth
- A wart that itches, hurts, burns, or bleeds
- A wart on your face or genitals
- Many warts
- A weakened immune system
If you have diabetes, you should never try to remove a wart from your foot. You could cause lasting nerve damage.
We will choose from among the following treatment options based on the type of wart you have, your age, and the condition of your health:
How to Avoid Getting Warts
There is no cure for the wart virus. Warts may reappear at any time, on the same spot or at a new site. The best way to control warts is to have us treat them as soon as they appear.
However, the following tips can help you avoid getting them in the first place or stop their spread:
- Do not touch another person’s wart
- Wear shoes in public showers, locker rooms, and pool areas
- Do not irritate or scratch your own wart
- Keep foot warts dry, as moisture allows them to spread