The Main Causes of Warts.
The only cause for warts is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Up until now there more than 100 different strains of this virus identified. Since this virus is so easily passed between people, having warts is a very common issue. They can be also spread from one part of your body to another, which makes them even more contagious. Since they tend appear and grow quite slowly it makes it really difficult to know where you actually got them from. According to statistics up to 10% of all people have this condition. It is more common to get warts for younger people and children. This is because they tend to have way more skin contact with other children and their immune system is not that strong as adults. The most common body areas to get warts on are either face (men) or legs (women) due to shaving, since it causes small cuts or breakage of skin.
It is thought that the chances to get HPV increase highly when a person’s immune system is weaker. It can usually happen due to other diseases or usage of other strong medication. So making sure you have a strong immune system can help to reduce the chance of this virus greatly.
Different types of warts usually tend to spread in different ways. For example plane, common and plantar warts can be easily gotten by even small cuts in your skin. Nevertheless it is possible to get this virus even though you don’t have any noticeable cuts on your skin. Sometimes it is even enough to have softened skin due to long exposure to water.
In case of genital warts, they are spread during sexual contract. Although it is more common to get this virus during vaginal and anal sex it might happen during oral sex too. In case of genital warts there is a possibility to get HPV vaccine, which can help to prevent getting this virus. Furthermore the usage of preservative can greatly reduce the chances of getting this condition. Although quite commonly genital HPV can go away without any treatment, sometimes it causes warts and in rare cases even cancer.
There is not much you can do to totally avoid acquiring warts; however there are quite a lot precautions and tips to follow that can help to reduce the risk of getting them. Bellow you can find some suggestions and tips that you should follow.
Useful tips for managing Warts.
- If you have warts yourself and don’t want to spread them to your family members it might be a good idea to cover them with a bandage or tape to avoid possible contact. This can also help to avoiding warts from spreading to other parts of your body too.
- Wash your hands as often as you can and more importantly after you touch a wart.
- Do not have sexual relations with people who you know have genital warts or if you do at least use a condom, which greatly reduces the chance of getting HPV.
- Always wear slippers or some sort of shower shoes when you are in public places such as swimming pools or locker rooms.
- Some people have a bad habit of biting their nails. It might be a good idea to avoid this since it can highly increase the chance of getting Periungual warts.
- If you have warts you shouldn’t shave the affected area and skin around them, since it can increase the chance of them spreading further.
- In case you have warts near your nails it might be a good idea to use a separate nail clipper to avoid spreading it to other healthy nails.
- Scratching or picking on a wart can also highly increase the chance of it spreading to other parts of your body. To avoid this it might be a good idea to cover it with something so that you would be less likely to touch it.
- Since warts can also spread through items it might be a good idea to use separate towels, clothes from a person who has them.
- Do not touch other people warts and if you do that by accident wash your hands afterwards.
- In case you have warts and want to go to swimming pool or similar place you should cover them with something that is waterproof (plaster). There are also special socks available to buy in pharmacies which will cover your foots. This will reduce the chance of spreading them to other people.
- In case you have warts on your foot you should wear cotton socks and change them on a daily bases. Keeping warts on your foot dry will also reduce the chance of them spreading further.
- If you have diabetes you shouldn’t try to remove warts on your own and should consult with a doctor prior. This also applies to warts that are either in genital or face area.