Are Warts Contagious?

by Ingela

If you’ve ever had warts or know someone who does you may wonder, are warts contagious?  I hate to have to be the one to tell you this, but the answer is yes.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that touching somebody who has warts will automatically give you warts too.  But the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes warts can be passed from one person to another by close physical contact.

You’ll quickly find out that warts are contagious if you try picking at a wart.  Pretty soon, you may have warts on other parts of your body.  A tiny cut or even a scratch on your skin can make it more vulnerable to warts.

Why Are Warts Contagious?

These small bumps that look like tiny cauliflowers are caused by viruses belonging to the human papillomavirus (HPV) family.  And you know that viruses can easily spread from one person to another.

Many different types of the HPV virus exists.  That’s why you can get all sorts of warts on different parts of your body, though they may look alike.  You may have warts on your hands and a different type of warts on the sole of your foot.

If you’re really unlucky, you may even have genital warts that are caused by an entirely different type of HPV virus.

Because warts are contagious, it may be a good idea to limit physical contact with people who have warts, although don’t worry, because if your significant other has warts and you haven’t gotten them yet, it may just mean that your immune system is in good shape.

How Are Wart Viruses Transmitted?

By now you know the answer to the question, are warts contagious? Since they are contagious how then are they transmitted? Warts are contagious simply because the viruses that produce them are easily transmitted.  The HPV wart viruses are spread from person to person or from one part of the body to another by direct contact.

Healthy skin offers an effective barrier against infections including warts.  Abrasions, cuts or cracks in the skin provide a doorway for bacteria and viruses that can lead to infection.

You can also pick up wart viruses through skin contact on surfaces that harbor the virus.  Sharing a towel with someone who has warts or walking barefoot in a public swimming pool area or shower can bring on a wart infection.

It can take up to nine months after coming in contact with the virus for the first wart to appear.

Should I See A Doctor?

Unlike moles, which can become cancerous, warts are contagious but they are often quite harmless.  However you may want to have them removed if they cause pain or to keep them from spreading to other parts of your body.

Before you see a doctor, you may want to explore methods to remove or treat warts the natural way with effective home remedies for warts.  Plus, instead of asking “are warts contagious?” it may be better to ask how to keep your skin healthy to prevent getting warts in the first place.

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