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Updated 20 March 2013

All about warts

Frankly speaking, warts are one skin problem that most people end up face to face with at some stage in their life. This undesirable condition has the tendency just to spring up unannounced and certainly not seem to want to go away – ever.

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Frankly speaking, warts are one skin problem that most people end up face to face with at some stage in their life. This undesirable condition has the tendency just to spring up unannounced and certainly not seem to want to go away – ever.

Contrary to well-loved beliefs, warts never just ‘pop up’ naturally, instead are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) which inhabits the human body and can appear anywhere on your skin.

While details about how exactly warts are contracted is sketchy, the fact of the matter is that the virus is contagious and thus is easily passed from one individual to another. Normally an infection takes place when your immune system is compromised, though you may very well contract the virus and only have a wart appear many months or even years later – so if you were wondering where you might have ‘caught’ it, don’t bother.

Since they are transmittable, warts can (as we mentioned) spread from person to person. Children are more susceptible to warts as they are more inclined to touch and play with each, share towels, clothes and toys. As a result of this warts are commonly found in children between the age of 4 to 18 years. Generally warts appear as tiny skin coloured bumps, which are rough to feel, but there are many variations.

Eliminating warts is often extremely complicated with the common solutions consisting of surgery, or freezing them off using cryotherapy as well as using various OTC methods. The variety of treatment methods is so great that people often get confused about which one to select. What’s best is to consult your pharmacist or healthcare professional about their recommended treatment method.

Everything said and done, warts aren’t a ‘huge’ problem. Honestly, the greatest problem with warts could be the emotional effect as it is associated with various issues such as a low self-image, poor self-esteem, low self-confidence levels, and so on. These are really reason enough to want to manage this issue and remove warts as soon as possible!

 
 
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