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Warts -- A Common Infectious Disease
The warts commonly seen on the skin are caused by a viral infection. The culprit is one of the HPVs (human papillomaviruses) that can be spread from person to person or be acquiredthrough contact with a contaminated surface.
Quick GuideCommon Childhood Skin Disorders
- Warts are small, self-limited tumors caused by one of over 100 types of human papillomaviruses (HPV).
- The clinical forms of warts include common warts, flat warts, plantar warts, periungual warts, filiform warts, and genital warts.
- Warts typically disappear on their own with time, but it may take years.
- Warts respond variably to a variety of treatment measures.
- Over-the-counter treatments for warts include salicylic-acid preparations and freezing kits.
- Warts may recur following treatment. Continue Reading
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