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What are Warts?

Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus causes an excessive amount of keratin to develop on the top of the skin. This produces a rough, hard texture that we call a wart.


What are Warts?

Warts are small growths that appear on the skin due to a viral infection. They can be found most often on the hands, feet and face but may occur in other areas as well. Warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many different types of warts, some of which include common warts, flat warts and plantar warts.


Common warts appear as small bumps with a rough texture on the surface. They have an uneven bumpy surface with light gray or brown coloration. Common warts are most likely to appear on the hands, knuckles and elbows. Flat warts tend to be smoother than common warts and can sometimes look like tiny flat dots on the skin. They are much smaller than common warts and most often appear in large numbers. Flat warts tend to be yellow or light brown in color and can occur on the face, arms and legs. Plantar warts are especially painful because they develop on weight-bearing areas such as the soles of feet. These warts have a rough surface with black spots due to blood vessels growing into them and they usually cause discomfort when walking.


Although warts are generally harmless, it is best to let us know if you notice any changes in the appearance or feel of your wart. Or if you just want to get rid of it. There are many ways we can get rid of them including treatments such as freezing, chemical peels, or laser therapy. 


Warts can be very embarrassing, but they don’t have to stay forever. With the help of a medical professional and proper treatment, warts can be removed effectively and permanently. Remember that prevention is always better than cure; practice good hygiene habits and avoid sharing personal items such as towels or clothing with others in order to reduce your risk of developing warts.

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