Also called: Verruca

Warts are growths on your skin caused by an infection with humanpapilloma virus, or HPV. Types of warts include

  • Common warts, which often appear on your fingers
  • Plantar warts, which show up on the soles of your feet
  • Genital warts, which are a sexually transmitted disease
  • Flat warts, which appear in places you shave frequently

In children, warts often go away on their own. In adults, they tend to stay. If they hurt or bother you, or if they multiply, you can remove them. Chemical skin treatments usually work. If not, various freezing, surgical and laser treatments can remove warts.

Symptoms of Warts

The following features are indicative of Warts:
  • mucous membrane growths
  • black dots
  • rough bumps
It is possible that Warts shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Warts

The following are the most common causes of Warts:
  • human papillomavirus

Risk Factors for Warts

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Warts:
  • children age
  • number of sexual partners
  • weakened immune system
  • damaged skin

Prevention of Warts

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Warts. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • get vaccinated against human papillomavirus
  • use of condom

Occurrence of Warts

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Warts cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Warts can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Warts can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Warts

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Warts:
  • Pap test: To examine the abnormalities that can lead to cancer
  • DNA test: To analyze the DNA of the high-risk varieties of Human papillomavirus
  • Vinegar solution test: To recognize the lesions

Doctor for Diagnosis of Warts

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Warts:
  • Dermatologist
  • Podiatrist
  • Gynecologist
  • Urologist

Complications of Warts if untreated

Yes, Warts causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Warts is left untreated:
  • cancer

Procedures for Treatment of Warts

The following procedures are used to treat Warts:
  • Cryotherapy: Freezing with liquid nitrogen that destroys the tissue
  • Loop electrosurgical excision procedure: Eliminating the cervical tissue by using a hot wire loop
  • Surgical conization: To alleviate a cone-shaped piece of tissue from the cervix and cervical canal
  • Laser vaporization conization: To kill the cervical tissue

Self-care for Warts

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Warts:
  • Avoid nail biting: Avoid nail biting helps in preventing the human papillomavirus infection
  • Avoid multiple sex partners: By lowering the number of sex partners helps in transmitting the infection
  • Using latex condom: Protects from developing warts

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Warts

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Warts:
  • Apply chloroform extracts of garlic: Helps in relieving cutaneous warts

Patient Support for Treatment of Warts

The following actions may help Warts patients:
  • Education: By providing education about safe sexual practices and warnings about tobacco use

Time for Treatment of Warts

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Warts to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 6 months - 1 year

Is Warts Infectious?

Yes, Warts is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • direct sexual contact

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Warts.

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