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Which parts of the body are most commonly affected by warts?

Which parts of the body are most commonly affected by warts?

Everywhere: Hands, feet, legs arms, -genitals and even the face. Non genital warts are most commonly found on the hands followed by the sole of the foot. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Warts (Definition)

Warts are outgrowths of the skin, usually caused by a virus. They are self-limited, meaning that they can go away on its own ...Read more


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Are there certain parts of the body where you should not attempt wart removal by freezing?

Are there certain parts of the body where you should not attempt wart removal by freezing?

Depends on method: I believe there is a risk of some nerve damage if plantar warts (those on the bottom of the foot) are frozen using the liquid nitrogen method, which is super cold. The new nitrous oxide cryoprobe uses temperatures about half as cold & seems to avoid this problem.A physician may choose to avoid some areas or take down a leason in several stages to avoid problems & get yet acceptable results. ...Read more

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Please tell me can genital warts spread to other parts of the body?

Please tell me can genital warts spread to other parts of the body?

Yes: Although it is unusual for HPV induced genital warts to spread to other skin sites, they can spread to mucous membranes and also to the vocal cords. SO, if you have active genital lesions, partner should avoid oral sex. Also can transmit to infant during birth, so make sure to tell OB if you have lesions and you are pregnant. Then you both can discuss options to reduce risk of transmission. ...Read more

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Would applying liquid bandaid over a plantar wart keep it from spreading to other parts of my body and other to people? Thank you.

Not really...: You are just temporarily covering it and it can actually sometime irritate the skin. It can still spread internally and with the skin irritated, you risk spreading it to others as well. Warts are viruses. ...Read more

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I have genital warts which i just had treated.My question is can you get genital warts on your breasts and other parts of your body?

Genital Warts: Warts are due to an infection with human papilloma virus. There are over 75 related viruses in the hpv family. Some of the subtypes are carcinogenic, and other subtypes have a predilection to develop in certain areas. They are transmited by skin to skin contact and minor trauma with breaks in the stratum corneum facilitates epidermal infection. The answer to a "can " question is always yes. ...Read more

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I have genital warts caused by hpv so what I should do?and does touching my genital areas will transfer the warts to other parts of my body ?

I have genital warts caused by hpv so what I should do?and does touching my genital areas will transfer the warts to other parts of my body ?

No significant risk: Genital warts almost never are transmitted to other areas of the body. They also are not transmitted to other persons, such as your baby. The genital types of HPV don't easily infect other areas. To be as safe as possible, just use common sense hygiene, like washing your hands after using the toilet and before handling your baby, e.g. changing diapers. Otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more

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I am told that genital warts can appear on one's thighs? What other parts of an HPV positive person's body can spread it?

Anywhere: The most common areas to spread hpv are the cervix and the penis, but the genital areas, anus, hand and possibly the mouth can too. Theoretically, any touching could, but it is thought to be primarily via sexual contact. ...Read more

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I read handsoap isnt enough to kill HPV. If so, how can I prevent HPV from genital wart from spreading to other body parts if accidentally touched?

I read handsoap isnt enough to kill HPV. If so, how can I prevent HPV from genital wart from spreading to other body parts if accidentally touched?

Tissue specific: These germs tend to grow only in certain locations.The HPV genital wart strain likes the skin of your genital/anal region. It is not going to seed onto areas of your other skin (arms,legs,face,etc.) In people with AIDS it has shown up an areas like the lips, but with normal people it seems contained to those areas. ...Read more