Contrary to popular belief, warts have nothing to do with toads. Warts are actually caused by other warts. They form because of a virus called human papilloma virus (HPV). Warts can be caused through direct or indirect contact and, yes, they are highly contagious. Warts can be embarrassing and painful. Knowing what causes warts can help prevent them.
How Warts Spread
Warts spread through contact. Skin-to-skin contact with another person’s warts can cause them to form. Contact with inanimate objects that have been touched by another individual’s warts can also result in the formation of warts. Common inanimate objects that spread warts include door handles, towels, and other frequently touched items.
Many warts will simply disappear over time. However, because warts are so contagious, they can spread to other areas of the body. For this reason, you may want to consider getting medical treatment.
A dermatologist can use acid treatments to get rid of warts over time. Other available treatments include cryotherapy, electrosurgery, and laser treatments. If warts form in painful areas, resist OTC treatments, or are simply embarrassing, you should obtain treatment.
Everyone encounters wart-causing viruses. Those with stronger immune systems may never develop warts. Significant wart growth may indicate problems with the individual’s immune system. Call us at Allen-Taintor Dermatology today to determine the ideal solution for your warts.