Warts occur when the human papillomavirus (HPV) comes in contact with your skin and causes an infection. Warts are more likely to grow 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. Wart viruses are infectious.

Types of Warts:

There are five main types of warts:

  • Verruca Vulgaris(Common warts)
  • Plantar warts(Foot warts)
  • Flat warts.
  • Filiform warts.
  • Genital warts
  • Treatment:

    Most warts are easy to treat and are rarely cause for alarm.

    • Over-the-counter medication (Salicylic Acid): Usually it contains salicylic acid and is used in the form of a gel, ointment or lotion form. This is not recommended to use in genital warts.
    • Cantharidin: This substance, an extract of a blister beetle and applied to the skin, forms a blister around the wart. After cantharidin is applied, the area is covered with a bandage. The blister lifts the wart off the skin.
    • Cryotherapy(Deep Freezing): The base of the wart will be destroyed using an electric needle or by cryosurgery (deep freezing). When it works, a blister forms around the wart and the dead tissue falls off within one to two weeks.

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