Warts 1

Monday, November 14, 2011

Warts are bumps on the skin that can happen anywhere on the body, but usually on the hands or feet. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about warts in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Common warts are skin growths caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus or HPV. Warts may occur singly or in multiples. They often contain tiny black dots, which are sometimes called wart seeds but are actually small, clotted blood vessels.

Like other infectious diseases, wart viruses pass from person to person. You can get the wart virus by touching a towel or object used by someone who has the virus. Each persons immune system responds to the virus differently. Not everyone who comes in contact with HPV develops warts.

Warts usually spread through breaks in your skin. Biting your nails can also cause warts to spread on your fingertips and around your nail.

Treatment helps prevent common warts from spreading to other parts of your body or to other people. But common warts may recur after treatment, and they may be a persistent problem.

See your doctor if your warts are bothersome, painful or rapidly multiplying.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.