Warts, or verrucae, are caused by human papillomavirus. This viral infection is highly contagious, and can appear on virtually any part of your body that comes in direct contact with someone who has it. Warts are most likely to appear in areas with broken skin, such as scrapes or cuts. You can also reinfect yourself by simply touching the wart and then other parts of your body, or sharing personal items such as towels or razors with someone who’s infected.
Self-care for warts – Do’s and don’ts
- Never pick or scratch a wart because it will not only irritate the skin, but will also increase the risk of spread to other parts of your body
- Never share personal items, like towels, clothes, or footwear with a person who has warts
- Never walk barefoot in public areas – like when going to a public swimming pool
- Always wash your hands after coming in direct contact with a wart, such as after applying topical treatments
Depending on your case, there are different modalities of treatment. To learn more about treatments for warts and to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 818-343-0101 or visit our office located in Tarzana, CA.