Learn about warts from your Mt. Laurel podiatrist.
Got warts? Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with human papillomavirus. Dr. Howard Abramsohn at Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates LLC, which is located in Mt. Laurel, NJ, offers state-of-the-art treatments for warts. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.
1. An HPV Infection
Common warts are caused by an HPV infection. More than 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause warts on the feet, while others cause warts that appear on the hands, neck or face. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 types cause common warts on areas, such as the feet or hands.
2. Breaks in Your Skin
HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of cut or damaged skin. Nicks and cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape or biting your nails may bring on common warts. Warts are common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.
3. Skin-To-Skin Contact
Wart viruses are contagious. You can get common warts from skin-to-skin contact with individuals who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching something that another individual's wart touched, such as towels, exercise equipment, shoes or bathmats.
4. A Weak Immune System
In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Individuals with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
Now is a perfect time to make a wise decision. Say bye-bye to your warts forever. Call Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates LLC at 856-234-5180 right now to schedule an appointment in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Get your life back on track by receiving the best wart treatment available.