warts imageWarts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  The three types of warts that are most common are plantar warts, flat warts and common warts. Children are more susceptible to the virus because their immune systems are not fully developed and the areas on their body are more prone to minor injury so often there is a break in the skin that makes it easy for the virus to enter. People also tend to get warts when they are under a lot of stress and the immune systen is weak.

It is extremely rare for warts to become malignant but you should always be aware of the possibility of skin cancer. Seek medical advice if the wart or surrounding skin is: painful; red; bleeding; swollen; or oozing pus.

Never attempt to remove or treat a wart yourself by burning, cutting, tearing or picking. A large number of people read about the potential of removing warts using the duct tape method. However this method can cause long term damage to the skin surrounding the wart, create scarring and intense bleeding (not to mention pain). We recommend natural wart removal products in order to gently address warts.

Educate your children to wash their hands and skin regularly and well, while avoiding direct skin contact with a wart on someone else. If your child cuts or scratches his skin, be careful to use soap and water to thoroughly clean the area because open wounds are more susceptible to the wart virus. Warts on the skin can be transmitted by person to person contact.


A strong immune system will assist in fighting the wart virus so strengthening the immune system is important if you are prone to warts.


More Warts Information:


 Plantar Warts
 Flat Warts
 Common Warts


 Causes of Warts

More on Warts including Symptoms:

 Warts Symptoms
 Recurring Warts
 Warts and Cryotherapy
 Plantar Warts vs. Corns
 Warts vs. Acne
 Flat Warts vs. Common Warts
 Wart Removal

Warts & Children:

 Warts and Children

See also Skin Tags, Moles


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