The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the underlying cause of the production of warts. HPV stimulates the growth of cells on the skin's outer layer causing warts to appear. In most cases, warts appear on the hands but different types of warts can grow in other areas of the body such as the soles of the feet (plantar warts) or the pubic area/genitals (genital warts).
Warts can be unsightly and if left untreated may spread to other areas of the body. HPV, the virus that causes warts, can also spread to other people through direct contact. There are different types of treatment and your doctor will be able to determine which type of treatment will be the best option for you.
Treatments may include:
When these therapies don’t work surgery may be recommended. Minor surgery can be performed by cutting away the wart or using a laser. Laser surgery uses an intense beam of light to cauterize the affected tissue.
There are some preventative measures you can take to keep warts from spreading. Don’t pick at them. Keep the area clean and dry and consider covering them with bandages. Abstaining from sexual contact, using condoms during sexual activity, having sex with only a partner who is not having sex with other people, and avoiding sex with anyone who has visible symptoms of genital warts can decrease your chances at getting genital warts.
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