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The Breakdown of Warts

Warts are typically small, rough tumors that can occur on any area of the body. They are very common, and are caused by human papillomavirus, otherwise known as HPV. Warts can be very contagious, and should be treated as soon as possible. However, they usually disappear on their own, although in some people they may last for years or recur frequently. There are four main types of warts, the common wart, flat wart, plantar wart, and genital wart.

 

Common Wart

 

The common wart also goes by the name Verruca Vulgaris. They are known as the common wart because this is the type that many people contract. Symptoms of common warts include the following:

 

· Rough Surface

· Tiny

· Commonly found on hands, knees and elbows, but can grow anywhere.

· Typically painless

· Fleshy, grainy bumps

· Can appear singly or in groups

· Dry or moist

 

Common warts can be treated by:

 

· Salicylic-acid preparations

· Applying cantharidin.

· Applying liquid nitrogen.

· Burning the wart

· Cutting out the wart

· Removing the wart with a laser

· Duct tape

 

Common warts can be contracted by touch, and may occur on skin that is mostly exposed to trauma and friction. For more information, go to Vixualdxhealth .

 

Flat Wart

 

Flat warts are benign tumors found on the outer layer of skin. They most commonly occur in children. Symptoms of flat warts include:

 

· Small

· Typically appear on the face, arms, hands and knees. Also commonly found in the beard area of men.

· Found in clusters, up to 100 in one area

· May itch or burn

· May appear in a line

· Pink, yellow, or light brown

 

Flat warts can be treated by:

 

· Salicylic-acid preparations

· Over the counter medication

· Surgical removal

· Laser surgery

· Cauterization

· Duct tape

 

Flat warts can be spread by touch, so be careful touching anyone that may have warts on their body. If contact occurs, wash the hands thoroughly. They may also spread by shaving. For more information, go to Mama's Health .

 

Plantar Wart

 

Plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet, also caused by HPV. They usually develop where pressure occurs on the foot, such as on the heels and balls of the feet. Symptoms of plantar warts include:

 

· Small and grainy bumps on the sole of the foot

· Hard and flat

· Rough Surface

· Well-defined boundaries

· Grayish or brownish lumps that have one or more black pinpoints

 

Plantar warts can be treated by:

 

· Salicylic acid

· Cryotherapy

· Laser Surgery

· Cantharidin

· Immunotherapy

 

Planter warts can be caused by exposure to the HPV virus, especially if the skin of the foot has a cut or scrape on it. Those who have a weakened immune system may also be more susceptible to getting plantar warts. For more information, go to the Podiatry Channel .

 

Genital Wart

 

Genital warts are found in the genital area of both men and women. They are very contagious and are considered a sexually transmitted disease. Symptoms of genital warts include:

 

· Itching

· Painless bumps

· Discharge

· Bleeding (although rare)

· May occur in more than one area

· May occur more in persons with a history of STD’s

· May be tiny or large

· May be pigmented

 

Genital warts may be treated by:

 

· Cryotherapy

· Laser Treatment

· Medications

· Electrodesiccation

· Surgery

 

Genital warts are commonly caused by having unprotected sex, and are highly contagious. For more information, go to Mayo Clinic .

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