Warts are very common and almost everyone will have a wart at some point in their life. Warts are small skin coloured lumps that commonly develop on the hands and feet. Warts that develop on the bottom of the feet are commonly known as verrucas.

Causes of warts

Warts are caused by the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and are usually spread through skin to skin contact; warts can also be passed on via indirect contact, including sharing towels or shoes.

Treatment for warts

In most cases, warts can be treated very quickly and easily using over the counter treatments or heat or freezing treatments. Warts also tend to heal over time without treatment, although the time it takes for the wart to disappear varies and it may take up to two years.

Preventing warts

You can reduce the risk of developing warts by making sure you wear footwear in communal places (wearing footwear at a communal swimming pool for example) and avoiding sharing towels or shoes with someone that has a wart or verruca; you should also avoid touching warts as this may cause them to spread.

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