Facts and Myths About Warts

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There have been myths and old wife’s tales about warts for centuries, some which still are repeated today. These bumps are one of the most misunderstood skin abnormalities due to the spread of these myths. While most people understand that warts do not come from touching a toad as once believed, many people still are unclear about how warts are spread and treated. Here are some facts to clear up some of the myths regarding warts.

  • Warts are contagious. While most people will not get warts from casually shaking hands with someone that has a wart on their finger, warts still are contagious. The virus that causes warts, the human papilloma virus (HPV), is contagious through broken skin or sexual contact.
  • Not all warts are the same. HPV, the virus which causes warts, has over 100 different strains. Genital, plantar, periungual and digitate warts are all different, often from different strains of HPV.
  • Warts will go away on their own. Myths of treating warts with raw potatoes, bananas and even blood were believed when warts would disappear after using one of these odd treatments. However, warts disappear on their own, usually between three months and a few years.
  • Effective treatment. Many people would prefer to have their warts removed versus waiting for them to go away on their own. Dermatologists can offer effective treatment and removal of warts for those who want a quick resolution to their warts.

If you are concerned about spreading the HPV virus or want to have a wart removed, contact your local dermatologist for a consultation. They can offer advice and treatment options for the HPV and the warts that accompany this virus.

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Medical Dermatology Specialists
875 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30342
(404) 939-9220