Types Of Warts
Warts are one of the most common tumours, and are caused by a virus called HPV or human papilloma virus. There are over 50 variants of HPV, and they vary in the type of warts that they cause. Warts are extremely common, as HPV can be transmitted quite easily via direct contact through touch, sexual contact, or simply from the floor. For many people warts can resolve on its own without any treatment as the immune system overcomes the virus. When the immune system is weakened, the virus becomes more active.
The common wart is characterized by thickened bumps on the skin with a rough surface. Small spots are also common, and are small blood vessels that have clotted. The most commonly affected areas are the hands, elbows, and the knees.
Flat warts are smooth in appearance and flat topped. These warts are either skin colored, or light brown. They are most commonly found on women's faces, and can easily be spread by shaving.
Plantar warts are warts that occur on the sole of the feet. Due to their location and texture, they can be confused with corns or calluses. They can also contain black dots, which are actually blood vessels in this area.
Genital warts can appear in a variety of different ways, appearing on the peri-anal area. Commonly they resemble the common wart, small skin-colored bumps. They can be singular or multiple. There is a small subgroup of HPVs that increase the risk of certain types of cancers.
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