What are the causes of common warts?

What are the causes of common warts?

Common warts are viral outcomes in the form of local growth. The human papillomavirus (HPV) – more than 100 different types in existence cause various growths in the body – most of them harmless and some can develop into cervical cancer. These warts normally form up when bacteria enters through the hair follicles or abrasions on the epidermis. Warts can happen to anybody and it may take a long time to form up.

Common warts are not dangerous but they are contagious with direct and indirect physical contact. People with weak immune system are more prone to infection but the warts may infect one body and ignore the other. Common warts can also spread from one place to another in the same body if precautions are avoided.

Some common identified warts:

  • Common warts (Verruca vulgaris) shaped as domes with roughish surface usually appear on the back of knees – toes and fingers
  • Warts appearing on the bottom of the feet are Mosaic warts – usually in clusters
  • Flat looking warts (Verruca plana) can shape up face – legs and other body parts – can be numerous
  • Periungual warts form in or under the finger nails or toe nails
  • Filiform warts also called digitate warts appear on the face area and shape up in a single line
  • Plantar warts (Verruca plantaris) occur under the feet where the pressure is most – can be hard and painful
  • Genital warts (Verruca acuminata) form only in the genital area

It has been seen that people with a weakened immune system and children usually are prone to warts. Common warts in children and teenagers are a common syndrome. As you grow older it has been seen that immunity warts increases. Youngsters who have the habit of biting their nails create scratches for the bacteria to enter and are more susceptible to common warts.

Similarly one can say that spreading is also quite common especially with children as they are more careless. The human papillomavirus (HPV) chooses damp spots so one must be careful with towels, shaving razors, bath mats and the like. The fact is that there is no particular way of avoiding common warts from infecting a person and likewise there are several home remedies along with medically prescribed ones but there is no guarantee that warts will never infect the body again. Common warts usually go away after 2 weeks and there are many ways to ease the pain if it occurs.