Did you know you may have a wart and not even know it? This is because warts will take up to 9 months before they even start showing up on the surface of your skin. Warts are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV. It invades the outer layer of your skin, most likely through a cut or scratch then the virus causes a rapid growth of skin cells which pop up on the surface of your skin as a wart.
Just like other viruses, HPV is contagious. It can spread from person to person simply by skin contact such as hand shakes or hugs. although since viruses can live outside of your body HPV can be spread other ways as well for example from a door knob, keyboard, or towel. With all the ways HPV can be spread the chances of coming into contact with HPV is extremely high.
The good news is that not everyone exposed to this virus will develop warts. For most of us our Immune systems will develop antibodies to fight and kill the virus before it has a chance to turn into a wart. Children with lower immune systems are more likely to develop warts. This may also have to do with a lower standard of hygiene that is common in young children.
Scientists have discovered that there are more than 100 unique identified types of viruses that cause warts and most people will have at least one in their life time. Certain forms of the virus are more likely to cause warts on the hands which is the most common place of them to appear, although other types can cause warts to appear in other parts of the body.
What can I do to prevent warts?
Avoid touching warts on yourself or others.
Do not share towels, socks, or shoes with others.
Do not walk barefoot in public areas such as pools, showers, and locker rooms.
Cover cuts with bandaids
Keep your hands moisturized to avoid cracks
Keep your hands clean as possible.
Do not bite your nails.
What should I do if I already have a wart?
Your wart will go away in time if left untreated but it can years. Its best to treat them right away to prevent warts from spreading on yourself or others. There are tons of inexpensive treatment options available for effectively treating warts. They may not all work for every kind of wart but if one doesn't work try another. There is no living with warts.
Don't let warts go untreated. There are all kinds of wart removal treatments available and they are cheaper than you think.http://eWartRemoval.org lists the products that are out there to safely treat warts.