why do we get warts on the skin

By now, you probably know that the idea of catching warts from toads is nothing more than an old wivesБ tale. But many people still have questions about these unsightly and sometimes painful growths that seem to crop up out of nowhere. Here are WebMDБs answers to 10 frequently asked questions about warts. How Do You Get Warts? Warts occur when the virus comes in contact with your and causes an infection. Warts are more likely to develop on broken skin, such as picked hangnails or areas nicked by shaving, because the virus is able to enter the top layer of skin through scratches or cuts. While dermatologists still donБt know why, certain people are more likely to get warts than others. Additionally, children get warts much more often than adults, because their immune systems have not yet built up their defenses against the numerous types of human papillomavirus that exist. Are Warts Contagious? Unfortunately, yes. You can get warts from touching a wart on someone elseБs body, or by coming in contact with surfaces that touched someoneБs warts, such as towels or bathmats.


Can I Spread Warts From One Part of My Body to Another? Yes, you can. For this reason, it is important not to pick at your warts and to
promptly and thoroughly any time you touch one of your warts. If you have warts in an area where you shave, keep in mind that shaving over the wart could transfer the virus to the razor and then spread it to other areas of your body. Why Do Some Warts Have Black Dots in Them? If you look closely, many skin warts contain a number of black dots that resemble little seeds. These specks are visible vessels that are supplying the wart with and oxygen. Can Warts Be Prevented? Though skin warts canБt be prevented, there are a number of precautionary measures you can take to minimize your risk of acquiring warts. One of the most important things you can do is to regularly.


Also, try to keep your skin healthy, moisturized, and free of cuts. If you bite your or cuticles, do your best to stop. Biting nails creates an opening for virus to enter your skin. Be careful to use clean, fresh towels at the gym or in other public locations, and always wear rubber-soled flip-flops or sandals in public locker rooms and showers. Although warts usually go away on their own, they are ugly and uncomfortable, so you may want to try treating them at home. Many warts respond well to treatments available at the drugstore. You can spread warts to other parts of your body, and they are contagious to others. If a treatment requires that you rub the wart with a fingernail file or a pumice stone, donБt use that utensil on any other part of your body, and donБt allow anyone else to use it. DonБt try to treat warts on your feet if you have diabetes. See your doctor. Diabetes can cause loss of sensation in your feet, so you can easily injure yourself without realizing it.


DonБt try to remove warts on your face or another sensitive part of your body (such as your genitals, mouth, or nostrils) with at-home treatments. These over-the-counter treatments spray concentrated cold air (a mixture of dimethyl ether and propane) onto your wart. This kills the skin and allows you to scrape away the surface of the wart. These are a good choice if you want to try to remove a wart quickly, but they arenБt strong enough to remove all warts. You must use these products every day, often for a few weeks. TheyБll work best if you soak the wart in water for about 15 minutes before you apply the treatment. Some people have had success treating warts with duct tape. The process involves covering the wart with a small piece of duct tape for several days, then soaking the wart, and, finally, rubbing the wart to remove the dead skin. This approach can take several rounds of treatments to work.

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