The most common way to contract a wart is through the Human Papillomavirus Family or HPV. This virus causes extra cell growth which shows itself on the layer of the epidermis. Warts are most commonly found on children and teens because their immune systems are not as strong as adults, having the ability to fight off the virus. HPV is very spreadable and although its treatment methods are fairly easy and readily available (through either over the counter medications or more serious procedures completed by a healthcare provider), treatment most often needs to be completed more than once in order to fully remove the wart. Sometimes treatment does not remove the virus completely, and there is actually no known cure for completely removing the virus from the body. Warts are very contagious and can be spread person to person, or to different parts of your body. They are most commonly spread through skin-to-skin contact; however their bacteria can also spread through towels, shoes and razors. When you find a wart, it is very important to begin treatment early and avoid touching other people with the infected area/sharing personal items. Warts are likely to appear on skin that is cut or damaged, making biting or tearing nails a dangerous past time if warts are present. Overall, warts are generally harmless to our health and are known to be noncancerous, however warts should be properly treated so as not to spread them to other parts of your body or to other people.
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