A wart is a small rough skin growth in some area on the body. This a common infectious disease caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). About ten types of warts have been studied. Most of them are harmless and disappear on their own. Warts can attack any area of the body but usually appear on the warm and moist parts, the fingers and toes.
Types of Warts
* The common wart is a dome-shaped wart with a rough surface. It usually attacks the hands, but it can appear anywhere on your body.
* The flat (or plane) wart is a flesh-colored, flat, and smooth wart. This type of wart often appears in large numbers on your face, hands, and legs.
* The Filiform (or digitate) wart is a single thread- or finger-like wart. In most cases, it invades the human face.
* The plantar wart is a hard and painful wart that usually appears on the bottom of the feet.
* The mosaic type of wart is a bundle of tightly linked plantar warts. This type usually attacks the hands and the soles of the feet.
* The periungual wart is a cauliflower-like group of warts that can be found around or under the nails.
* Genital (venereal) wart is a wart that invades the male or female genitalia.
How Do You Get Warts
Some 100 types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) exist that can cause any of the above variety of warts. Some of the HPV viruses are identified as “high risk” types and may cause genital and anal cancers, as well as cancer in the area of the tonsils. Other viruses from the HPV family belong to the group of “low risk” types, but are also responsible for the appearance of warts. Any infection with a “low risk” HPV virus will result in the development of warts, but not all cause cancer. In general, these viruses do not increase the risk of developing cancer. Although HPV viruses are considered contagious, there are individuals who are ‘immune’ to the papillomavirus because they have a strong natural resistance to them.
You can get warts by one-to-one contact with an infected individual or through indirect contact with various contaminated objects, such as towels, clothes, underwear, shoes, bathing facilities, etc. It is also possible that a person who has warts in a certain area has the infection spread to other on the body.
How to Avoid the Development of Warts
To prevent viral infections that cause warts to appear it is important to observe proper hygienic routine, as well as following some common tips:
* Do not touch warts on another person without rubber gloves.
* Never try to remove a wart from your body by yourself.
* Always carry your own bathing amenities and sandals in public bathing areas, swimming pools, etc.
* Clean thoroughly all bathing surfaces at your home.
* Do not share clothes, shoes, gloves and other personal items and accessories with anyone.