Viral Warts – What They Are and What You Can Do to Avoid Getting Them


Viral warts might be ugly, but for the most part they are harmless. These tumor like growths on your skin can crop up anywhere and, as the name implies, are caused by a virus. In actuality, all warts are caused by the same virus – the human papillomavirus so viral warts are no different than any other kind of wart.

Depending on what part of your body they are on, warts usually have a rough surface and you may even see dark dots inside which are blood vessels. When they are on parts of your body that get a lot of pressure or have thin skin, they may be flatter and smoother. Plantar warts, for example, are on the bottom of the feet and are quite smooth due to the pressure.

Viral warts are quite common but can be unsightly and are rather undesirable. Many times they will actually go away on their own. But if you pick at them and irritate them they can bleed and you might have a better chance of spreading them to other parts of your body as well as to other people.

There is no way to prevent warts and some people seem to be more susceptible to them than others. What happens is the virus gets into your skin and affects the cells in your epidermis which is the upper layers of your skin. It causes the skin cells to multiply more than they should which results in the bumpy growth. Some people seem to have immune systems that eradicated the virus before it turns into a wart while others seem to get them over and over.

Treating warts can be problematic because you have to get rid of the virus or the wart will just come back. Most treatments consist of treating the layers of skin in hopes of eradicating the virus within. Some common treatments include destroying them with electricity, laser ablation, freezing them off with liquid nitrogen and burning them off with chemicals such as salicylic acid. Depending on the size and location of the wart, your dermatologist might recommend any one of these treatments.

Treating viral warts can be hit or miss. Sometimes you will notice the warts disappear but come back months later. That’s because the virus is still lurking within your skin cells. While some treatments work for some people, they do not work for others so you might have to try a few before you find a treatment that gets rid of your warts for good.

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Source by Sheri Cole