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Warts - Causes, Symptoms, Prevention - St. Louis

Updated: Jun 24, 2023

Many St. Louisans struggle with warts. Warts are skin growths caused by a viral infection. They are typically benign but can be unsightly and uncomfortable. In this article, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatments of warts.


Picture of a hand with a wart
Wart

What are warts?

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 100 different types of HPV, and each type causes a different kind of wart. Warts can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the hands, feet, and face.


What causes warts?

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is highly contagious and can be spread through direct contact with an infected person or surface. Warts are more likely to develop in people with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV or who are taking immunosuppressant drugs.


What are the symptoms of warts?

The symptoms of warts vary depending on the type of wart. Common symptoms include:

  1. Rough, raised bumps on the skin

  2. Pain or discomfort when walking (in the case of plantar warts)

  3. Small, flat bumps on the skin (in the case of flat warts)

  4. Clusters of bumps in the genital area (in the case of genital warts)

How do you prevent warts?

The best way to prevent warts is to avoid contact with the HPV virus. This can be done by:

  1. Avoiding direct contact with an infected person or surface

  2. Keeping hands clean and dry

  3. Not sharing personal items such as towels or razors

  4. Wearing shoes in public areas such as locker rooms and showers

Conclusion

Warts are a common skin condition caused by the human papillomavirus. They can be unsightly and uncomfortable, but there are several treatments available. The best way to prevent warts is to avoid contact with the HPV virus.


FAQs

  1. Are warts contagious? Yes, warts are highly contagious and can be spread through direct contact with an infected person or surface.

  2. Can warts be prevented? Yes, the best way to prevent warts is to avoid contact with the HPV virus by keeping hands clean and dry, not sharing personal items, and wearing shoes in public areas.

  3. What is the most effective treatment for warts? The most effective treatment for warts depends on the type and severity of the wart. Over-the-counter treatments such as salicylic acid are often effective, but more severe cases may

If you are having difficulty getting rid of warts, please contact our dermatologists at Mid-County Dermatology in St. Louis, MO. Call us at 314-994-0200 to schedule your visit.

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