Will warts keep coming back?
In some cases, even after warts are removed with treatment, they can come back.
Author: Joanne Van der Velden
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Warts are small, painless lumps that grow on the skin. They most commonly affect the hands, fingers, knees and face, but can appear anywhere on the body.
Warts are caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many different types of HPV that can cause warts. The viruses can be spread to other parts of the body, or to other people through direct contact with a wart. The viruses that cause warts may be …
Anyone can get warts, but they are more common in children and young adults. People are more likely to get warts if they: use communal showers; routinely handle meat; have a weak immune system, or; have a skin infection or another chronic skin condition, such as eczema.
There are several methods that can be used to remove warts. Warts can be removed with a medicated cream that triggers the body's immune system to destroy tissue. Warts can also be removed by freezing them with liquid nitrogen, or using a laser to destroy the wart …
In many cases warts will eventually disappear by themselves, without treatment. This can take a couple of years.
Warts can be contagious. They can spread to other parts of the body, or to other people through direct contact with a wart. The viruses that cause warts can be spread more easily if there is contact between injured or damaged skin, or if a wart has been scratched.
There is no sure-fire way to prevent getting warts. You may be able to reduce the chance of warts spreading to other parts of the body by not picking or scratching warts.
A plantar wart is sometimes called a verruca. It is a type of wart that commonly occurs on the sole of the foot. This type of wart can become painful when weight is put on the foot, or when walking or running.