Warts are caused by viruses in general and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in specific. Once it has entered the skin, the virus is known to multiply rapidly. The warts may appear on any given area of the skin. The worst thing about HPV is that it even affects children as well as adults.
1. ARE THERE ANY OTHER TYPE OF WARTS APART FROM GENITAL WARTS?
Yes in deed there are. Apart from the genital warts, there are four other types. It’s just that the genital warts are more common and widely known. These are;
(a) Flat warts
Defined by their appearance, flat warts have flat tops and unusually smooth compared to the other types. They are also small just about the size of a pin head. Commonly found in children, they may appear on the knees, face, arms and hands. They can appear in clusters and are usually appear light brown, yellow or pink in color.
(b) Common warts
These are usually small in size, grayish brown in color and have a dome shape. The surface of the wart may be rough and sometimes have black dots in it
(c) Filliform warts
Actually, these types of warts could not have chosen a worse place to appear than your face. They are usually spotted around your mouth, eyes and nose. Way to go filliform warts! You could identify the by their finger-like shape and their flesh colored nature.
(d) Plantar warts
Think warts are uncomfortable? Wait until you get these types of warts that appear at the soles of your feet. They are very uncomfortable and sometimes prevent people from walking at all.
2. I HAVE GENITAL WARTS, HOW DO I KEEP MY PARTNER SAFE?
You could easily infect your partner during sexual intercourse. It is advisable to use protective measures like condoms whenever intimate. This will keep them safe. Condoms will also prevent other diseases in the process too. Better be safe than sorry.
3. IS THERE A CURE FOR WARTS
In the case of genital warts, there is no known cure. Most medicine focuses on reducing the symptoms and the warts. However, you should know that getting rid of the warts does not mean you are cured. You still have the HPV. Anyway, this is known to disappear by itself after a while.
If you are suffering from warts other than genital warts, try Wartrol!
4. HOW ARE WARTS TRANSMITTED?
You could transfer a wart from one part of the body to another by touching and picking on it so don’t. Sharing personal effects like towels, razors and undergarments could also transmit warts from one person to another. Genital warts can definitely be transmitted through sexual intercourse.
5. SO, WHAT HAPPENS AT THE DOCTOR’S?
Pap smears are usually done for people who have a repeated history of some warts like the genital warts. However, a visual test is done to determine the type of wart that you are dealing with. After this, the doctor will give you more information on the wart. He might them give you some medicine to clear out the symptoms or make the effects less irritable.
It is always advisable to seek medical advice. This is the only way that you could get a proper diagnosis of your condition.