A wart is a rough tumorous growth, caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is contagious. Almost everyone comes in contact with this virus at some point over their lifetime through shaking hands or opening doors. Warts appear in the areas that have been cut and have come in contact with the virus. The most common place for men to get these warts are around their beard and it’s most common for women on their legs.
Warts sometimes disappear on their own, but often last for years. There are many types of warts, potentially affecting all areas of the human body.
Genital warts are caused by a specific strain of HPV that is sexually transmitted. They are often treated by a dermatologist through freezing with liquid nitrogen or by applying a topical prescription.
While some warts respond well to over the counter forms of treatment, it’s best to schedule an appointment with you dermatologist to see what treatment is the most effective for your specific wart.