Warts are a common skin condition that can occur anywhere on the body. They come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes and their appearance may be rough and bumpy or flat and smooth. Sometimes they grow singly, at other times, in clusters. Though usually harmless, certain types of warts such as genital warts may indicate a more serious health problem that should be addressed by a physician. People vary in their susceptibility to warts. Children and older people tend to have the highest rates of infection, primarily due to their inability to care for themselves. Though no one can prevent warts completely, being aware of their cause and learning how to change personal habits will help lessen the chances of developing them.
Warts are actually formed by the human
Depending on the type of wart, it can take a long while before it becomes visible, though some types may be evident rather quickly. Symptoms for warts will also vary. Typically, most flat and round warts will not cause pain. But these common warts on the face, hands
Avoiding contact with the active virus is the most effective method of prevention. This can best be accomplished by being aware of how warts are spread and watching your personal habits. Some good rules for prevention include:
- avoiding touching warts on yourself or others
- cleaning your personal items thoroughly, including razors, towels, clothes, bedding, etc.
- refusing to share personal items with others
- limiting being barefoot in warm, moist environments
- changing your socks frequently and keeping your feet dry
- taking care of any areas of broken skin immediately
- resisting biting cuticles or fingernails
- covering existing warts with athletic tape or band-aids.
By following these recommended prevention techniques, the likelihood of developing or being reinfected with warts is greatly reduced.