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Warts

Diagram illustrating layers of the skin and which area a wart occupies

What is a wart?

Warts are a common skin infection caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) that most often occurs in children and young adults. Medical conditions such as eczema and immunosuppression may increase the risk for infection.
 
Who gets warts?
Warts are most commonly transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. Contact with fomites (objects or materials that are likely to carry infection, such as clothes, utensils, and furniture) may be an additional mode of transmission.

Are there different types of warts?

The three major types of cutaneous warts are common warts, plantar warts, and flat warts.


Should You Treat Warts on Children?

Fortunately, warts do not harm a child’s health and often go away on their own. Still, many children are bothered by warts and want them removed. Warts on feet can pose problems, leading to discomfort and inability to perform well in sports, for instance. Even common warts on hands may bother a child who is embarrassed.


How can I treat my warts?

In addition to over the counter wart removers, our provider can prescribe prescription topical therapies, freeze the wart with liquid nitrogen in the office, or depending on the number and location of warts discuss possible surgical options.

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