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Learn about the causes of Warts & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Warts within New Zealand.

Warts are small growths in the skin caused by the papilloma virus. Typically found on hands and feet (known as verrucas), they have a rough surface, and can be itchy, but not normally painful.


Causes of warts

Warts are caused by various strains of the human papilloma virus which is passed on through contact with an infected person either directly (skinWarts | The Wellness Directory to skin) or indirectly (touching objects such as towels).

Warts are contagious while on the body and typically found on the feet or hands but can spread to other areas. The virus can be more easily spread if the wart is broken and begins to bleed. This can occur if the wart is scratched, bitten or if you bite your nails. Shaving can also cause the wart to become broken.

The infection is more likely to be caught if the skin is damaged or wet and public swimming pools are common places where people are vulnerable to infection particularly if the soles of the feet are cut or scratched.


Symptoms of warts

Warts vary in size and shape and can appear on the skin in clusters or just as one or two. Warts do not usually cause pain although verrucas (warts on the feet) can sometimes be painful.

There are different types of wart such as common warts, verrucas, plane warts, filiform warts, mosaic warts and genital warts.

  • Common warts – these are firm and raised on the skin and typically appear on the fingers, elbows and knees.
  • Verrucas – known medically as plantar warts, these appear on the sole of the foot and have a black dot in the centre which is surrounded by a white and hard area.
  • Plane warts – these warts are round, flat and yellow in colour. Known as verruca plana, they usually appear on the hands, face and legs.
  • Filiform warts – these long, slender warts are typically found on thin skin particularly around the eyelids, armpits and neck.
  • Mosaic warts – these are cluster warts which mainly appear on the hands and feet.
  • Genital warts – appearing around the genitals, these warts are typically passed on during intimate sexual contact.
Warts can bleed, change appearance and spread to other areas of the body.


Diagnosis of warts

A GP will make a diagnosis based on the appearance of the affected skin. It is important to visit your GP if the wart begins to bleed, change colour and appearance or spread to other parts of the body.

*Source: GoToSee.co.uk

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