Warts are caused by a viral infection, which can be spread by direct contact to unsanitary surfaces such as locker rooms and public showers. These infections can manifest on both the hands and feet. Treatment consists of over-the-counter medicines, in-office topical procedures, or surgical removal.
Warts develop when human papillomavirus (HPV) gets under the top layer of skin and causes non-cancerous growths. The virus is contagious, and is typically spread from person to person either directly or indirectly. The time a wart takes to appear can sometimes be several months after contact with the HPV.
Repeated exposure to the virus can increase the likelihood for a person to develop warts. Damaged skin, such as cracked or peeling areas, make it easier for the virus to get under the skin. Some people are more likely to get warts than others. This may be due to the health of each individual’s immune system. Warts can be uncomfortable or painful. People with exposed warts may avoid social interaction because of embarrassment or fear of spreading the virus.
Medical treatment is the best option because of the risk of spreading the virus. Ask Dr. Zizmor today.