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Warts

 

Warts are infectious growths on the skin caused by human papilloma virus, or HPV. They can appear individually or in clusters anywhere on the body.

Causes

  • Direct contact with human papilloma virus
  • Sharing personal items like towels, razors and so on of a person with warts
  • Having unprotected sex

Symptoms

  • Hard, rough grayish brown bumps with black dot inside, generally on fingers, hands, knees and elbows
  • Pink, light brown or yellow flat growths on the face and sometimes on the arms, knees or hands
  • Sensation of walking with a small stone in the shoe
  • Flesh colored, thread like growths around the eyes, mouth or nose

Treatment
Most of the warts disappear on their own in a few months or years but they can be treated by a doctor for faster results and relief from painful symptoms by:

  • Applying salicylic acid
  • Applying cantharidin
  • Applying liquid nitrogen
  • Burning the wart
  • Cutting out the wart
  • Removing the wart with a laser

 Prevention

  • Not sharing towels and other personal items with somebody with warts
  • Washing hands often
  • Not exposing broken skin to infections in public places like swimming pools
  • Keeping skin dry
  • Using a condom
  • Avoid biting nails
Avoid touching or scratching warts on your skin