Warts are a type of infection caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. Warts are usually painless with the exception of warts on the soles of the feet. Warts are usually harmless, but they can look unattractive. Warts occur most commonly among children, young adults, and women. Warts are caused by nearly sixty different kinds of HPV. Warts are often spread in moist areas which have remnants of infected skin such as locker room floors or the surfaces surrounding swimming pools. Warts (Verruca Plantaris) are caused by a virus and are contagious. Warts can be frozen, burned, surgically removed, treated with chemicals or drugs, or removed with a laser. Warts that are not genital are usually not serious and may disappear on their own in 2 to 3 years.
Genital warts must be treated by your doctor. Genital warts are quite contagious, while common, flat, and plantar warts are much less likely to spread from person to person. Genital warts can also develop in the mouth of a person who has had oral sexual contact with an infected person. Genital warts, also called condyloma acuminata or venereal warts, are one of the most common causes of sexually transmitted disease (STD) in this country. They can grow on your skin, on the inside of your mouth, on your genitals and on your rectal area.
To completely remove a wart, liquid nitrogen treatments may be needed every 1 to 3 weeks for a total of 2 to 4 times. Like prescription treatments, over-the-counter treatments usually require multiple applications and are only necessary if the warts are problematic. Additionally, these treatments are capable of destroying healthy skin as well as warts, so caution must be exercised by those attempting them without medical supervision. Warts may be very difficult to cure; often multiple treatments are needed, and even then treatment success cannot be guaranteed.
If you don’t fancy seeing your doctor or STD clinic, then these traditional methods may be worth a try: Rub a snail with a black shell on the warts and say, “Wart wart, on the snail’s shell black; go away soon, and never come back. Prick each wart with a needle, thrust it into an Ash tree and say: “Ashen tree, ashen tree; pray buy these warts from me. Cut a potato in half and rub one half on the wart. Nail a snail with a brown shell to your door and as it rots away so will the wart. Rub some bacon on the wart, then bury the bacon in your garden. Rub a small pea on the wart, fold it up in a piece of paper and bury it in moist ground. As the pea rots away, so will the wart.