Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin or mucous membranes. Viruses that cause warts belong to a “family” called human papillomavirus (HPV). The appearance of a wart depends on where it is growing. There are different types of warts.
These warts grow around the nails, on the fingers and on the backs of the hands. They are more common where the skin has been broken, for example where fingernails are bitten or hangnails picked.
Foot warts are usually on the sole of the feet and they are called plantar warts. When plantar warts grow in clusters they are known as mosaic warts. Most plantar warts do not stick up because the pressure of walking flattens them and pushes them back into the skin. These warts often have black dots that are actually blood vessels.
Flat warts are smaller and smoother than other types of warts. They tend to grow in great numbers. They can grow from twenty to one hundred at any time.They can occur anywhere, but in children the, are most common on the face. Irritation from shaving probably accounts for this.
Many people can get warts and not even know they are there. It just depends on what kind of warts you come in contact with. The risk of catching hand, foot and flat warts is small. Wearing shower thongs, taking proper care of hands and feet can limit the spread of warts. Genital warts seem to be more contagious. It is important to use precautions to limit the spread of genital warts.Some people will get parts and some will not get them. It just depends on how they come in contact with them. If you do come in contact with warts here’s how you can get rid of them.
Warts often disappear without treatment over a period of several months to years.There are some wart remedies available without a prescription. However, you might mistake another kind of skin growth for a wart, and end up treating something serious as though it were a wart. If you have any questions about either the diagnosis or the correct way to treat a wart, you should seek medical advice.