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Get To Know More about Warts

We have all probably heard about warts, but a lot of people still believe some myths about them. For example, toads or frogs causing warts is entirely a myth, but some people still believe that. Learn more about warts by reading the following:

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What are warts?
Warts are raised bumps on your skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts have plagued humans for thousands of years — they have been discovered on 3,000-year-old mummies and were mentioned by Shakespeare. Although warts generally aren’t dangerous, they are ugly, potentially embarrassing, and contagious. They can also be painful. Source: Healthline

How do you get it?
Warts occur when the virus comes in contact with your skin and causes an infection. Warts are more likely to develop on broken skin, such as picked hangnails or areas nicked by shaving, because the virus is able to enter the top layer of skin through scratches or cuts.

While dermatologists still don’t know why, certain people are more likely to get warts than others. Additionally, children get warts much more often than adults, because their immune systems have not yet built up their defenses against the numerous types of human papillomavirus that exist. Source: WebMD

Symptoms
Common warts usually occur on your fingers or hands and may be:
Small, fleshy, grainy bumps
Flesh-colored, white, pink or tan
Rough to the touch
Sprinkled with black pinpoints, which are small, clotted blood vessels

When to see a doctor
See your doctor for common warts if:
The growths are painful or change in appearance or color
You’ve tried treating the warts, but they persist, spread or recur
The growths are bothersome and interfere with activities
You also have a weakened immune system because of immune-suppressing drugs, HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders
You aren’t sure whether the growths are warts Source: MayoClinic

How do you get them?
Warts occur when the virus comes in contact with your skin and causes an infection. Warts are more likely to develop on broken skin, such as picked hangnails or areas nicked by shaving, because the virus is able to enter the top layer of skin through scratches or cuts.

While dermatologists still don’t know why, certain people are more likely to get warts than others. Additionally, children get warts much more often than adults, because their immune systems have not yet built up their defenses against the numerous types of human papillomavirus that exist. Source: WebMD

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