Warts can be a common concern when visiting swimming pools during summer and winter. It is essential to be vigilant about warts, as they can pose a problem. This guide will discuss how warts are transmitted, how to recognize them, and the available treatment options.
How Warts Are Transmitted
Warts are caused by specific strains of the HPV virus and are highly contagious. Transmission can occur through:
- Self-contagion: By touching the warts on one part of your body and then spreading the virus to other areas.
- Contact with other people’s warts: sharing slippers or towels.
- Walking barefoot in common areas of swimming pools and beaches.
Recognizing warts is straightforward; they appear irregular, with roundish thickening of the skin’s surface layer, turning grayish-yellow and potentially causing discomfort.
Treatment of Warts
Promptly treating and removing warts is essential due to their painful and easily transmissible nature. Warts tend to recur and may not vanish entirely without intervention. Laser therapy is a viable treatment option for stubborn warts, often requiring just one session for removal. However, in cases of deep-seated warts, multiple treatments may be necessary for complete removal.
Following wart removal, it is crucial to adhere to the dermatologist’s recommendations to safeguard the treated skin against infection. Consulting a specialist before attempting DIY treatments is essential to determine the most suitable therapy, considering the patient’s overall condition and wart characteristics, such as type, location, depth, quantity, and spread across the body.