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23 Jul

Warts – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Overview:

Warts are caused by various strains of human papillomaviruses. Different strains may cause warts in different parts of the body. Warts can be spread from one location on the body to another or from person to person by contact with the wart.

 

Causes:

HPV viruses cause the excessive and rapid growth of keratin, which is a hard protein on the top layer of the skin. Different HPV strains cause different warts. The wart-causing virus can be passed on by close skin-to-skin contact and through contact with towels or shoes.

 

Symptoms:

The main symptom is a fleshy, painless growth on the skin. Common areas affected include the hands, feet, and genitals.

 

Any Affecting Organ:

Warts can affect any part of the body, but most often they appear on the fingers, hands, arms, and feet. Warts also may occur in the genital area.

 

Prevention/Treatment:

All wart treatments are designed to irritate the skin and get the body’s own infection-fighting cells to clear warts.

The main treatments for warts include salicylic acid, cryotherapy, surgery, cantharidin, candida antigen shots, and other antibiotics.

 

Sources:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/155039.php

http://www.humanillnesses.com/original/U-Z/Warts.html

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