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At one time or another we all have either had or seen warts.
Remember, your Mom said if you played with toads or frogs, you would get warts.
Well, I hate to tell you this, but Mom was
wrong.
Warts are caused by a virus. Actually, it is a type of infection caused by viruses in the human
papillomavirus (HPV) family.
Warts can grow on all parts of your body. Some people are more naturally resistant to the HPV viruses and don’t seem to get them as easily as other people.
Warts are contagious and can be passed on to other people. It is also possible to get warts from using towels or other objects that were used by a person who has warts.
Sometimes warts will go away by themselves, although it may take months, or even years to do so.
Warts are often a bother, they can bleed and cause pain, if bumped.
Warts can be treated at home by over-the-counter medications.
It is important to know that warts on the skin, such as on the fingers, feet and knees, and warts on the genitals are removed in different ways. DO NOT try any home remedies or over-the-counter drugs for warts on the genital area.
MEDICATIONS TO USE ON WARTS ON THE SKIN:
Applying salicylic acid for warts on places
such as the hands, feet, or knees is one
treatment method. To get good results, it must be applied every day for many weeks.
After taking a bath or shower and towel drying, apply the acid. The acid sinks in deeper and works better when it is applied to damp skin.
Your doctor may use cantharidin on your warts. With this treatment, the doctor paints the chemical on the wart, then a bandage is applied, which can be removed in 24 hours. When a mixture of other drugs and cantharidin are used, the
bandage is removed after 2 hours. When you see your doctor again, he will remove the dead skin of the wart. If the wart isn’t gone, you may need another treatment.
Sometimes doctors will use liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart, this is called cryotherapy. This treatment is usually needed every 1 to 3 weeks for about 2 or 4 times.
There are several kinds of warts including:
Common warts- these usually grow around the nails on fingers and the backs of hands. They are the more common where skin has been broken.

Foot warts- are usually on the soles of the
feet and called plantar warts. Most plantar warts do not stick up above the surface like common warts, because the pressure of walking flattens them and pushes them back into the skin. These warts often have black dots that are the
blood vessels feeding them. They are painful and often feel as if you are walking on stones.

Flat warts- are smaller and smoother. They can occur anywhere, but in children they are often found on the face.

Genital warts- these tend to be small and
flat, but can be thin and tall. These are soft and are not rough and scaly like other warts. They occur on the genitalia, within the vagina, and on the cervix in women. Genital warts have been linked to cancer of the genital area. These types of warts must be treated by a doctor.
If you have diabetes or other health problems see your doctor before treating warts at home.