Warts

Cori Kimmer

What are Warts?

Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a variety of viruses that develop on different parts of the body. They are very contagious and common! Almost EVERYONE has a wart at some time in their life. Not all warts are easy to get rid of but some go away on their own in a couple of weeks.

Common Wart

A small, often hard, irregular elevation on the skin, a bump with a white border that shows above the surrounding tissue. Warts are more likely to develop around/on broken skin, such as picked hangnails or areas nicked by shaving, because the virus (papillomavirus) is able to enter the top layer of skin through scratches or cuts. VERY common!

Flat Wart

Mostly seen on the face and the back of the hands. Flat warts may spread rapidly on the face from activities such as shaving. More likely to develop in children and young adults. Looks like acne.

Plantar Wart

Hard, grainy growths that usually appear on the heels or balls of your feet, areas that feel the most pressure. Common in everyone but most likely young children.

Genital Wart

One of the most common types of sexually transmitted infections caused by Human Papillomavirus. The warts affect the genital area and cause such symptoms as itching, burning, discomfort, pain, or bleeding with intercourse. Woman are more effected by genital warts. No cure but treatments vary like liquid nitrogen, cauterizing them with heat or a laser, or removing them surgically. Trying to remove them with over the counter medicines may damage the skin because the skin around the wart is really sensitive.

Statistics

Genital Warts have an estimated matter of about 32 million cases worldwide each year. Infection with the HPV virus infects at least 50% of all people who have sex at some time in their lives. Plantar Warts have a 27% more chance in those who use a communal shower room and 1.3% in those who used a locker room than someone who doesn't.

Warts on hands have a 33% more chance in slaughterhouse workers, 34% in retail butchers, 20% in engineering fitters, and 15% in office workers than someone who doesn't work in those.