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A 28-year-old male asked:

How long do warts live out side its host.. i have been diagnosed with plantar warts and i was also told it can get into me cloths and spread.

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Warts: Warts can stay with you for a long time. It can be successfully treated by cryo- or candida injection. See your doctor.
Dr. Helene Nguyen
Wound care 19 years experience
Warts Life Span: As soon as the wart left outside of its host, it won't survive. It lives on moist, warm skin environment. It can only be contagious from skin to skin contact in people with low immune defense system. So to answer your question plantar warts will not get spread through clothing.
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 45 years experience
Warts can spread.: Warts can spread through entire gym classes. So they must be able to survive lying on damp shower floors for a period of time. Oddly enough, I have rarely seen two members of the same family with plantar warts.

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