Warts: A Good Definition

Warts are tiny raised bumps that appear on many different areas of the skin, including the face, neck, legs, hands, and genitals. They are caused by HPV or human papillomavirus.

Warts are not a new infection. In fact, they have been around for thousands of years. There has been actual physical evidence on mummies from three thousand years ago showing warts.

This type of skin infection is not dangerous or life threatening. It’s more of a contagious, embarrassing, and ugly condition. In some specific cases warts can cause pain.

As of today, there are over one hundred different strains of HPV. Most of these strains cause common warts or plantar warts. These are typically not harmful at all. There are however a few strains that cause genital warts. These can be extremely painful and make sexual activity very difficult.

Common warts are those that grow on the fingers and toes. Plantar warts are those that grow on the soles of the feet and can create irritating pressure points when walking or running. Flat warts are those found on the face, thighs, and arms. (more on flat warts at http://wartrolforwarts.com/flat-wart-on-face/) Filliform warts are those that appear around the nose and mouth. Rarely will they occur under the chin or neck. Periungual warts grow around the nails, both finger and toe.