A wart is a small non-cancerous tumor that grows on the outer layer of the skin.
It generally resembles a cauliflower and its color is usually a bit different from the nearby skin. It is usually painless but sometimes it may itch or burn. Some type of warts group into clusters.
They are caused by the human papilloma virus or HPV. There are many stains of the human papilloma virus and different stains may cause different types of warts. The human papilloma virus is contagious.
All type of warts share a few basic attributes and characteristics:
- Autoinculable and Contagious
This means that they can be “passed” to another person through skin contact or by touching an object that was previously touched by the infected person.
The best environment for the HPV to thrive is warm and moist habitats. Therefore it can easily be found in certain places such as:
- Public Shower floors
• Public Bathrooms
• Locker rooms
• Near public swimming pools
It helps to refrain from walking bare footed in such areas as far as possible in order to decrease the chances of getting the virus through small cuts in your skin.
An individual may be a carrier of HPV and not have any wart. This is because not all carriers of this virus will develop into a wart. Further more a wart may take time to develop after the individual had contacted the virus.
Some people can transmit this virus without having any sign of warts themselves.
- Sprawling and Reproducing
Not only can they spread from person to person, they can spread also locally. They are capable of forming “child” growths and spread in the immediate area of infection. Treatment should be prioritized due to this spreading threat. It is also important to prevent them from coming back.
Apart from just spreading at the site of infection, they can spread to other regions of the body. The spread especially occurs when other areas are open or cut in some way.
You can reduce spreading warts by actively using disinfectants and by not letting anyone come in direct contact with your warts.