Warts

Warts are small benign growths in the skin, often hard and are caused by a virus. Warts can be found on the hands, soles of the feet, face, elbows, knees and genitals. They can be extremely contagious, especially the genital and plantar warts (soles of the feet).

The infected skin goes on to develop hard dense tissue which can be slightly raised and is usually circular. The body's immune system is normally sufficient in most people to control and destroy the wart formation. However for some people, treatment is required and this can take the form of over the counter remedies to chemical destruction, electrical cauterization or burning by freezing with Liquid Nitrogen.

Once treated the warts should be covered to protect newly exposed skin from any irritants. Anyone with plantar warts should avoid going bare foot in a public place such as the swimming pool, as this is one of the easiest ways of spreading and catching them. Genital warts have been associated with causing cancer of the cervix.

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