What are warts?

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.
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.
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.

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What causes warts?

Pappiloma virus. There are a variety of viruses that cause warts. The strain involved is reflected in the location they show up.Common skin warts are caused by a different strain than those that show up on genital skin. Read more...
Skin virus. Warts are caused by a slow-growing skin virus. They are contagious (although not as much as a cold), so if someone with a wart on their foot walks barefoot on the ground and you walk in the same place, you can get them. If you think you have one, have your Dr. take a look. Read more...

What causes warts on your fingers?

FINGER WARTS. Warts are caused by a virus. They are contagious. If you are sure they are warts, there are many over-the-counter wart medications you can use. If you are not sure that these are warts, then see a dermatologist. Read more...

What do warts on eyelids look like?

exophytic papules. Common warts are typically exophytic verrucous papules that may be single lesions or that may be grouped in a linear configuration. Human papillomavirus is the etiologic agent. Verruca vulgaris , which is caused by the dna papovavirus known as human papillomavirus, may involve the eyelid skin; the lesions are often excised, especially for cosmetic reasons. Thank you for question. Read more...

What do warts on buttocks look like?

Like warts... They look just like warts everywhere else on the body (except the bottom of the feet). See a dermatologist to be sure this is the correct diagnosis. Read more...

Hi doctor, what is warts and where did it come from?

Virus. Warts are caused by virus infections. The type of virus varies with the location and appearance of the wart. Read more...
Warts. Warts are caused by the Human Papiloma Virus. They are common. People have various subseptibilty to warts. Fortunately there are OTC products that can remove the wart. Read more...
There are 3 general. types of warts. They're all caused by viruses and are spread from 1 person to another. The common wart verrucous vulgaris is lumpy &, is the most common. Molluscum contagiosum is a smooth wart. Both affect normal skin & are harmless to healthy people. HPV (human papilloma virus) affects the genital area. It has the potential to cause cancer in both men & women. Helpful? Dr. Anne. Read more...