Warts are raised areas of skin and tissue that can be smooth or rough, depending on the type of wart it is and where it is located. They are caused by a strain of the HPV (human papillomavirus) virus. While they are little more than an annoyance and bothersome to see, removal is usually top priority to those that have them. However, instead of waiting until you get one to have it cut off or froze off, why not practice a few little things that could drive the number of warts you have in your life way down.
Types of Warts
Some of the most well known warts are the plantar warts. These can have black centers and will affect the feet, generally on areas that receive high pressure. Other warts are common warts that are raised and rough appearing on knees and hands. There are flat warts that are smooth that are on the face, hands, knees, and neck. Flat warts are small and can appear in numerous amounts. Mosaic warts are like plantar warts but are on the hands instead of the feet. Genital warts are those that are sexually transmitted and appear on the genitalia of men and women. Finally, there are filiform warts that are long and thread like, and will appear on lips and eyes.
How to Prevent Warts
While preventing warts is very hard to do, there are things that you can do to lower the chances of you getting warts.
Make sure you clean and keep your cuts or wounds well disinfected, as people with open wounds are prone to both infection and warts. The cleaner the cut, the less of a chance of getting a wart.
Make sure that you keep your hands well washed, with warm water and soap. The cleaner your hands, the less likely for a wart to rise up.
Do not touch another person that has warts, or have had a wart in the past with skin to skin contact. It is even possible to get a wart from someone that wiped off on a towel that you use. The more contact you have with the virus, the higher the chance of you getting a wart too.
Change socks and shoes if they get wet or dirty, the cleaner you keep your feet (and dry) the higher the likelihood that you will not get a wart on your feet. Feet that spend lots of time wet, especially in high traffic areas like a pool area or shower by the beach, have a higher chance of getting warts.
Warts are caused by a virus and can be from anything that someone with the virus has touched. It is as easy as catching a cold.