Due to various factors around us, our skin may get affected by different types of infections .One of the commonest among those is warts. These are basically growths on human skin which are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. At times they may adopt abnormal proportions or occur at sites and cause social embarrassment.
Warts are of different types such as –
- Common warts
- Filiform warts
- Plantar warts
- Flat warts
- Periungual warts and others
They can occur at any body site and are more often being seen on face, hands and feet. There are warts affecting the private areas which are transmitted sexually, caused by other types of HPV. Though the warts tend to disappear on their own, they may take a lot of time which may vary from one person to another, causing social embarrassment . They can also spread to your family and loved ones. They are brown to black in colour and may vary in size from 2-4 mm.
Warts are considered to be contagious, but it is possible that only a single member of the family can have them without other members getting affected. so as to prevent the spread, it is advisable to treat them as soon as possible.