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A wart is a rough growth caused by one of a number of strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are unsightly and can impede normal function. There are a number of over-the-counter and home remedies for wart treatment, but wart removal by a medical professional is most effective.
Causes of Warts
Warts are caused by a number of strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). Although warts are generally harmless, some strains of HPV are associated with other health risks, including genital warts and cervical cancer. However, research has not found any significant link between the HPV strains that cause benign skin warts and those that lead to the development of cancer.
Types of Warts
- Warts are identified based on their location and physical characteristics:
- The common wart is a raised, rough growth that appears on the hands and knees.
- Flat warts are small and smooth, and tend to show up on the neck, face, hands, and knees in large numbers.
- Filiform warts are thread-shaped warts that appear on the face around the eyes and lips.
- Plantar warts affect the feet. They generally appear on surfaces subjected to high pressure (for example, the balls of the feet during walking).
- Plantar warts may appear with black spots in the center.
- Mosaic warts are similar to plantar warts, but appear in clusters on the hands and feet.
- Genital warts are sexually transmitted and affect the genitals and surrounding areas.
Prevention of Warts
Preventing warts completely is difficult. Most adults are infected with one or more strains of HPV during their lifetime. However, because many of these strains never manifest external symptoms, a person may never realize that he or she is infected. The FDA approved an HPV vaccine in 2006 that protects against a number of the most serious HPV strains, including those responsible for cervical cancer and genital warts. Early wart treatment can prevent their spread and make chronic breakouts less likely. Barrier and microbicide methods of birth control can help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted strains. Because smoking has been linked to the development of HPV-induced cancers and is a general depressant on the immune system, quitting smoking may also help prevent warts.
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