Warts are benign skin growths that have an irregular surface. They are usually colorless but quite thick and deep whereas other skin growths like skin tags for example are relatively smooth. They are ugly to look and hence “how do you get warts” is a fair question.
There are many different types of warts depending on where they are located on the body and what do they look like. However, all warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and hence are very contagious.
How do you get warts?
Warts appear on your skin when the human papillomavirus comes in contact with your skin. However, they most often appear in areas where the skin was broken (because of scratches and cuts for example) since then the virus is able to enter the top layer of the skin.
Sometimes warts appear on the skin only months after infection so it’s often very hard to pinpoint where exactly did you get the infection from. However, here are common ways of how people get warts:
- Through sexual contact. Genital warts are a type of warts that is a very common sexually transmitted infection. They look like small lumps that are found around the genital area.
- By sharing make-up products. Even if the person you are borrowing products from doesn’t have visible warts they might be infected with HPV and hence their products might be as well. However, some types of products are fine to share, for example, products that are in a bottle with a pump because there isn’t any risk of contamination. Also, loose powder is fine if you use your own brush. That’s because powders don’t have a moist environment that viruses and bacteria enjoy.
- Walking barefoot in public swimming pool areas. Wet and warm places are the perfect environment for viruses and bacteria to grow and spread. Warts on feet are very common so always wear flip-flops in public swimming pools.
- Sharing towels or other personal items. This one is a no brainer. If a person with warts has used a product then it might be contaminated with a virus. Hence it’s always important not to share personal items like towels.
As you can see it’s very easy to get infected with warts. Hence it’s important to keep the above-named points in mind as getting rid of warts is not as easy as getting infected with them.
How do you get rid of warts?
As you can see warts are contagious and once you get them you want to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Read more from HERE about the best ways to get rid of warts.