Warts are non-cancerous skin growths that appear when a virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV) infects the top layer of the skin. The word “wart” comes from the Old English meaning “shapeless lump.” Something most people don’t know is that warts are actually an accumulation of dead skin cells. they typically appear on the:
Warts are usually skin-colored and rough. May also appear dark, flat, or smooth.
Warts may be transmitted through physical contact. Additionally, warts can arise after touching something that was previously in contact with a wart.
Anyone can get warts. However, some people are more prone to getting them. Examples of demographics more likely to experience warts are:
There are four main types of warts are common warts, plantar warts, flat warts, filiform warts, and genital warts.
Common warts (Verruca vulgaris)
Over-the-counter products that contain salicylic acid may be helpful to remove some warts, but not use this if you have facial or genital warts. Below is a list of treatment options:
If you have a wart and it doesn’t go away after a few weeks of using salicylic acid, it’s probably a good idea to book an appointment for a consultation for wart removal. Warts can be difficult to get rid of, so it’s best to consult a board-certified dermatologist.
Learn more at the American Academy of Dermatology: AAD: Warts.
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