What Causes Warts
There are many wrong perceptions about what causes warts. Warts are formation of hardened and raised patches on the skin that usually differs significantly from the original skin colour; it is usually seen as an “overgrowth of skin”. Warts are not caused by any normal body reaction or medicine side effects; but rather a small microscopic bug, known as the “human papilloma virus (HPV)”.
Though, warts are benign in nature, means non-malignant or non-cancerous, but of course, warts disfigure the affected area greatly. For example, other people might hesitate to touch or shake hands with the affected person.
Warts differ from moles. Warts tend to me small, rough lumps, and can be of skin color. Moles are dark, and can be quite large. Warts usually appear on the affected person’s fingers, hand and feet.
– What Causes Warts:
The “composition” of a wart can be different in different places on the body, depending the thickness of the skin where it is located. Warts located on the sole of the foot are known as verruca.
When the virus infects the top skin layer, usually through a tiny nick or scratch, it causes a fast growth of cells on the outer layer of skin (the epidermis), resulting in a wart; HPV causes keratin to grow too fast on the skin. Keratin in a hard protein found in the epidermis.
HPV can be spread from various places, from door knobs, keyboards etc. All of us encounter with the HPV, but only some people acquire skin warts while others don’t. It is because certain individuals who get infected with the virus, have immune systems that are not able to keep the virus away. It is still a mystery to tell exactly why the immune system is different in some people who get skin warts frequently. Children often tend to get skin warts more often than adults; probably because their immune systems have not yet built strong enough against the numerous strains of HPV.
It is also seen that warts occur commonly on multiple siblings of the same family. If a person had warts in his childhood, his children are also more susceptible to warts.
– The Transmission Of Warts:
Warts are transferred by means of skin contact, like during shaking hands, and also from inanimate objects, like towels that have been used by another infected person. The virus flourishes when it finds a small scrape on the skin. Sometimes, nicks and cuts during shaving also provides a platform for the spread of the infection.
– How To Prevent Warts:
The best treatment for warts is to avoid contact with the virus.
* Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
* If you workout in a gym, ensure usage of clean equipment.
* Wearing rubber flip-flops or sandals to protect in the public or gym shower.
The best way to get rid of skin tags is to keep the skin cut-free, healthy and well-moisturized, and avoid having fissures or open cuts on the skin, as these nicks and cuts might provide a portal for the virus to penetrate the skin. Also, during shaving, use a sharp razor that won’t cut or tear or the skin.