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Warts

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Warts are a type of infection caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family

Warts can grow on all parts of your body. They can grow on your skin, on the inside of your mouth, on your genitals and on your rectal area.

Types

  • Common warts
  • Foot or Plantar warts
  • Flat warts
  • Genital warts
  • Cervical warts
  • Laryngeal warts

Cause

  • Warts are caused by papillomavirus and are highly infectious
  • Warts viruses settle more easily if the skin has been damaged in some way
  • They can be spread by picking, trimming, biting, or touching them. Warts can be passed from one person to the other from using towels or other objects that were used by a person who has warts

Signs & Symptoms

  • Warts can be found on the hands, feet, forearms, and face and may range in size from a pinhead to a small bean
  • They can also occur on the voice box or the larynx and cause hoarseness. They generally do not cause pain except in case of foot warts.
  • Warts may cause itching and bleeding

Treatment

  • In most of the cases, warts may disappear without treatment over a period of time
  • However, warts that are painful and rapidly multiplying need treatment
  • Applying salicylic acid gel, solution or plaster can treat young children for warts at home. For adults, cryotherapy (freezing) is generally preferred