Warts are abnormal growths on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts typically have a cauliflower-like appearance and tend to bleed when injured. They can develop anywhere on your body but are most common on the hands and feet. Certain HPV types cause warts on the penis, vagina or rectum, and are collectively called genital warts.
Warts are contagious and can spread from one place on your body to another if you touch or scratch them. Sharing towels, razors and flip-flops are other ways that warts can be passed from person to person. Genital warts are highly contagious and spread through sexual contact.
There are several conventional methods for treating common warts:
For more information on warts, see the KidsHealth website.
Sometimes warts can be difficult to treat, in which case you should see your doctor for additional options. To make an appointment at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, call 206-834-4100.
— Jocelyn Cooper, ND, naturopathic physician and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the teaching clinic of Bastyr University.
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