Warts are painless and harmless raised skin growths that can appear basically anywhere on the body. Warts are typically found, however, on hands and feet due to the amount of moisture and sweat they are exposed to and produce. They are usually small and rough bumps that protrude through the skin. Practically anyone can get a wart and they are more irritating than anything. There are ways to prevent warts and spreading them from person to person. 

  1. Get the HPV shot– The virus commonly accompanies strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). However, that does not mean that just because one contracts HPV that they will get a wart. 
  2. Avoid contact– Warts are contagious and are usually spread through skin-to-skin contact. Avoid picking at warts or shaving over them, but be sure to keep them and the area of the skin they grew on, clean.  
  3. Keep your feet protected– Wear flip-flops when showering in public showers and keep your feet as dry as possible if you develop a wart on your foot. 

Warts can last, unfortunately, for quite a while. They can linger on the skin anywhere from a couple of months to years. This is why it is important to have warts seen and examined by a doctor. Our medical office does not recommend using home remedies to get rid of warts as they can make them worse or even cause them to spread. Please visit our website or call us to schedule a consultation to have one or more of your warts examined. Our doctor will discuss possible treatment paths and what to expect while answering any questions you may have. Warts are a common problem and we are happy to find a solution and treat them to ensure they do not cause any further problems. 

 

*Preventative measures were researched and read on WebMd.com