WARTS

Warts are raised bumps on your skin, they’re small, grainy skin growths that occur most often on your fingers or hands. Rough to the touch, common warts also often feature a pattern of tiny black dots, which are small, clotted blood vessels.

Although warts generally aren’t dangerous, they are ugly, potentially embarrassing, and contagious. They can also be painful.

Most warts clear up without treatment. But the time it takes a wart to disappear can vary.

The location and type of wart and the strength of a person’s immune system will all affect how long a wart will take to disappear. But if they do not disappear, or if a wart causes concern, medical help is available.

Some rules to follow include:

  • Do not touch other people’s warts.
  • Do not use other people’s towels, washcloths, or other personal items.
  • Do not share shoes or socks with other people.
  • Do not scratch warts or verrucae.
  • Wear sandals when entering and exiting communal showers and pools.
  • Do not brush, comb, shave, or clip hair in areas that have warts.
  • When filing or cutting nails, do not use the same utensil on the infected nail and the healthy nails.
  • Keep hands as dry as possible.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after touching a wart.

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