Warts manifest themselves as unsightly bumps on skin. All warts are caused by a viral infection, specifically by one of the many types of human papillomavirus (also known as HPV). Interestingly enough, there are over one hundred types of HPV circulating in the human population today. Most of the time, the virus lays dormant, but it occasionally rears its ugly head in the form of warts. Below is more specific wart information.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus capable of infecting humans, almost always in the skin. Although most types of HPV cause no symptoms, warts are a product of some types of HPV. Known in the medical community as verrucae, warts are benign growth, which form rapidly. For more information on HPV, click here.
There are many varieties, but the most common types of warts are:
- Common Warts
- Plantar Warts
- Genital Warts
Common Warts – Common warts are raised warts with a tough surface that most frequently develop on hands, but can occur on any part of the skin. The vast majority of warts are “common” warts and are easily treated. Their appearance is often similar to a hard blister or cauliflower.
Plantar Warts – Growing on the bottom of the foot, plantar warts, plantar warts are common, especially for active young people. Although some are painful, most of these warts are relatively harmless. Because plantar warts are spread by contact with moist walking surfaces, they can be prevented by not walking barefoot in public areas such as showers or communal changing rooms. Usually plantar warts are just as easily removed as common warts.
Genital Warts – Also known as venereal warts, anal warts and anogenital warts, these warts are caused by a particular from of human papillomavirus (HPV). It is spread through direct skin-to-skin contact during oral, genital, or anal sex and is highly contagious. There is no way to predict whether they will grow or disappear. It is highly recommended to see a medical expert if you develop genital warts. Depending on the sizes and locations of warts (as well as other factors), a doctor will offer one of several ways to treat them.
DO NOT TREAT GENITAL WARTS IN THE SAME FASHION AS OTHER WARTS!