How Do You Get Warts?

by Ingela

If you ask me, warts are more of a nuisance than a health threat.  The problem is warts are so not cool.  In fact, they can be downright embarrassing.

But don’t worry, because there are ways to get rid of warts. There are a lot of home remedies out there, and most of them have been proven to work for people all around the world.

So, you ask, what are warts and how do you get them?

About Warts

A wart is an abnormal growth on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus family of viruses.  The growth usually looks like a tiny cauliflower that can grow on your hands, fingers, knees, feet or even your face.

Warts are more common in kids than in adults, but for some reason they disappear more quickly on kids than on adults.

How Do You Get Warts?

Remember, warts are caused by a virus, and viruses can be passed from one person to another.

You can get warts by coming in direct physical contact with a person who has warts.  This means by touching their skin, but it usually only happens if you have a cut or a wound.

You can also get warts from another person indirectly.  Public swimming pools, showers and locker rooms can be a breeding place for viruses including the wart virus.

Using someone else’s towel or other stuff is never a good idea.  If that person has a contagious disease, including warts, you’re likely to get infected too.

How Do You Prevent Warts?

You can’t really prevent warts, in the same way that you can’t prevent catching a cold.  But there’s no need to panic.  You can always do something to lessen the chances that you will get warts.  Here’s how:

  • Wash your hands regularly and keep your skin clean.
  • Use soap, water and a mild disinfectant to clean open wounds, cuts and scratches.  Open wounds are more susceptible to infection.
  • Wear flip-flops or waterproof sandals in public pools and showers.
  • Don’t use other people’s towels, socks, clothes and other personal stuff.
  • Eat a healthy diet, take a multivitamin supplement, and keep your immune system strong.

So How Come Some People Get Warts And Others Don’t?

Now this is a tricky question and the simple answer is: nobody really knows why. But researchers and experts believe it has something to do with your immune system.

Wart viruses can enter the skin more easily if the skin has been damaged.  That’s why kids who bite their nails get a lot of warts on their fingers and hands.

You may also get warts if you are often exposed to the virus, even if you are not aware of it.

There are also some incredibly lucky people whose immune systems are naturally resistant to the wart virus.

If your immune system is weak, you will get warts more easily.

If You Get Warts, Do You Need Treatment?

Warts in children often disappear without treatment.  But if you ask me, it’s best to find an effective remedy for warts as early as possible.

Warts are unsightly and they can be bothersome and even painful.

When warts are left untreated, they can spread to other parts of the body.  You also run the risk of infecting other people.  Not a very cool thing to do.

Now that you know how you can get warts, it’s time for you to find out how to treat and cure warts.

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