What Are Warts & What Causes Them? Discover the Truth
What are warts and what causes them? If you’ve ever gotten a wart, chances are you have asked these very same questions. This abnormal growth can occur anywhere on your body, typically on your skin but they can also pop up in the unmentionable (genital) areas.
Since warts are caused by a virus, it is also possible to spread them to other parts of your body, and to other people. Sometimes a wart may be an isolated skin event but other times, they can continue to spread to other areas until you deal with them.
What are Warts?
So, what are warts anyway? A wart is a small (sometimes large), rough tumor, typically on your hands and feet but can also appear in other parts of your body, that can resemble a cauliflower or a solid blister.
It is typically a type of deformed growth occurring on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are non-cancerous but can be uncomfortable and unsightly.
Warts can have a different appearance based on where they are on your body. For example, a wart on your face may have a different color or texture than one growing on your feet. The thickness of the skin where the wart is will also affect the appearance.
What Causes Warts? Plus 4 Different Types
Warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 200 known types of HPV that can infect us humans, most of which cause no symptoms.
However, some types do cause warts, which are a rapid growth of cells on the outer layer of the skin. Of these, there are different types of warts such as:
1. Common warts. These are most often found on the skin of your hands and feet but can be in other areas as well. They have a cauliflower-like appearance and they are usually slightly raised from your skin.
2. Plantar Warts. These are found on the soles of the feet and they grow inward which is typically very painful when walking. Even wearing shoes can be uncomfortable if you’re dealing with the plantar type.
3. Flat Warts. These are usually found on the arms, forehead or face and happen often in children and teens. They are not typically associated with the development of cancer. Most warts are harmless, just so you know! 😉
4. Genital Warts. Genital warts are usually transmitted sexually, and not very pleasant at all. The types of HPV that cause genital warts are highly contagious and can cause cancers such as cervical cancer.
What are the Symptoms of Warts?
The warts themselves are the symptoms. When asking, what are warts, it’s important to understand that they are the physical symptom of a virus in your body.
The symptoms can happen suddenly. You may wake up one day and notice a small growth on your skin. Maybe you will think nothing of it, but if it starts growing and spreading, it has your attention.
Remedies, Cures and Treatments of Warts
So is it possible to cure warts? If you have a wart, what can you do to get rid of it? There are several remedies, cures and treatments of warts available.
Many times, warts just go away on their own. If you’re not one of the lucky ones, then you may want to seek professional help, although I do recommend that you try natural remedies, as they are, well, more natural.
I’ve written a whole article on home remedies for warts, so you may want to check that out if you’re interested.