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A 56-year-old member asked:

What are warts?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Viral infection: Warts are a viral infection of the skin. The infected skin cells over grow into a small mass. The virus also replicates and spreads to nearby skin cells causing enlargement of the wart.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Warts: Warts are small, usually painless growths on the skin caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (hpv). Most, but not all, are generally harmless. Warts can be disfiguring and embarrassing. Sometimes they itch or hurt (particularly on the feet). Some warts spread through sex.
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
A wart is a viral: infection of the skin. To get a wart, you must be exposed to the virus AND be susceptible. Not everyone is susceptible, and not all body parts are susceptible, and susceptibility can change over time. The virus is the human papilloma virus, but there are 99 species of this, and the one that causes warts is NOT the same as the one that's associated with cervical cancer. They can be very stubborn.

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Why do warts come out?

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Caused by a virus: Warts are caused by the hpv virus.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What could warts be the symptom of?

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Virus: Warts are the symptom and result of a viral infection.
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How can warts be given?

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Dr. Martin Raff
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It depends: Most skin warts are felt to be transmitted by direct contract, but the evidence for this is weak. Genital warts are generally gotten through sexual contact. These lesions, due to human papilloma virus (hpv) may induce cancers and should be taken care of promptly.
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A 27-year-old male asked:

Is there an injection for warts?

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Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 39 years experience
Antigen: For recalcitrant warts, Candida or mumps skin antigen which is injected into the wart every three to four weeks for several treatments sometimes helps. However, this treatment may cause discomfort, redness, and swelling. I wish you well with your health!
A 32-year-old member asked:

How do I treat warts?

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Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 72 years experience
WART TREATMENTS: Depends on how long you have had them. Also depends on where the warts are. Also how many warts? For fingers, toes? Genitals? For fingers and toes, for instance, many over-the-counter wart medications like compound w, wart-off, wartaway sometimes work. Dermatologists often freeze off warts. Warts on the soles are very difficult to get rid of. See a dermatologists if they are stubborn.

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