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Do’s and Don’ts of Wart Care

Oct 5, 2011

Warts are raised skin lesions that are caused by the human papilloma virus, more commonly known as HPV. They can appear on many parts of the body, but typically afflict the fingers, feet, and genitals. Warts are primarily a cosmetic concern, although they can be painful. In some cases, you will need to see a dermatologist for removal.

If you have warts, do :

  • Try to get rid of them. There are various self-care remedies available, but dermatologist involvement may be necessary. By treating your warts, you can avoid spreading them to other people.
  • Keep your skin intact. Warts are more likely to appear in areas where the skin has been cut or opened, as the virus is more likely to enter the body. Keep any wounds clean and covered.
  • Cover your feet. Painful plantar warts can be spread through places such as public pools and showers. Wear proper footwear in public places to protect yourself.
  • Use a condom. Genital warts are almost always caused by sexual contact. Condoms do not guarantee protection from HPV, but they have been known to reduce transmission of the wart-causing virus.

And don’t:

  • Transmit your warts. Warts are contagious. Keep any warts clean and covered. Be sure to wear proper footwear if you suffer from plantar warts.
  • Pick or scratch your warts. If you break the wart open by scratching, you are just rubbing your fingers in a viral cesspool and putting other people at risk. This behavior can also irritate the skin, cause pain, or increase the likelihood of infection.

If you suffer from skin warts, psoriasis, or any other skin maladies, don’t hesitate to contact Arlington Dermatology at 847-392-5440. Our doctors specialize in skin care, skin cancer treatment, and cosmetic dermatology. Call us today to set up your appointment.

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