One of Those Reports on Warts

by Taylor & Michael

Your Basic Virus Information

  • Structure: DNA or RNA is surrounded by a protein coat, called a capsid. Some viruses have lipid membrane, called an envelope.
  • What viruses can do: infect cells, use cells to make more viruses, mutate and change over time, and cause disease in animals, plants and bacteria.
  • How they reproduce (infect a cell): viruses attach to a host cell, inject its DNA or RNA, then the genetic material of the virus takes over, the cell begins to make virus parts, the parts assembled, and the virus breaks free.
  • The size of a viral cell is smaller than an animal or plant cell (what they infect).
  • Viruses are not cells, because they have no metabolism, cannot reproduce on their own, do not eat, don't respirate, and don't have cellular structures.
  • Also known as verruca vulgaris
  • Caused by the HPV virus
  • If you see a wart on one part of your body, check other spots just to be careful. Children often get warts under their noses, and another common wart is a foot (plantar) wart.
  • They are easily spread by HPV. Another person can get warts passed to them if they share towels, razors, or any other personal body item.
  • The only type of warts that're considered fatal are genital warts. They usually aren't, but once in a can lead to cervical cancer. Warts are an STD that is very contagious.
  • You can prevent warts by avoiding biting or chewing on nails, wash hands often, do not walk bare foot in warm moist areas.
  • Treatments include using salicylic acid, using duct tape to cover the wart, and cryotherapy (using a cold liquid to freeze a wart).