Daily Trust - - HEALTH -

A wart is a skin growth caused by some types of the virus called the Hu­man Papil­lo­mavirus (HPV) which in­fects the top lay­ers of skin and usu­ally en­ters the body in an area of bro­ken skin. The virus causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly form­ing a wart.

Most warts go away on their own within months or years. They can grow any­where on the body.

Warts can be spread by di­rect con­tact with HPV or by touch­ing the wart and an­other part of the body. It can also be spread by shar­ing tow­els, ra­zors and other per­sobal item with an in­fected per­son.

Most warts do not re­quire treat­ment; but when they are painful, they can be treated by us­ing home treat­ment such as sal­i­cylic acid or duct tape. It can also be treated by putting a stronger medicine on it or get­ting a shot of medicine in it; or by freez­ing it (cryother­apy). Warts can also be re­moves through elec­tro­surgery, curet­tage and laser surgery.

Even af­ter a wart shrinks or goes away, warts may still come back or spread to other parts of the body be­cause most treat­ments de­stroy the warts not the virus.

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