One very common skin condition is a wart. A wart is a local growth on the skin which is experienced almost by anybody at least once in their lifetime. They can develop singly or in clusters and usually they develop on the soles of the feet or hands. There are more than 100 types of warts. To prevent infections with the virus it is advised not to touch other people’s warts, not share personal items with someone having warts and wear flip-flops in communal pools and changing rooms.
Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This contagious virus is spread through skin-to-skin contact or indirectly by contaminated objects or surfaces such as the surroundings of swimming pools and changing rooms.
How can warts be treated?
Warts usually disappear within two years without treatment. However, having a wart can be very disturbing and the person infected might consider treatment.