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Viral Warts Rough Bumps that look like Seeds Grow on Hands and Feet

In our last post we talked about corns and calluses. Now, let us go on to warts.

Warts are common skin diseases. Researchers worldwide found out that At least 20% of children has contracted warts at one point in their life. The word – ‘wart’, is a general name for over 150 different kind of human papilloma viruses (HPVs). Warts can appear in different parts of the body. They are most commonly to be found on the face, hands, feet and genitals.
Warts in different areas can feel differently. Genital warts are fleshy bumps. Those warts that grow on the heels of the feet can be quite irritating when walking and often are mistaken for calluses.

Common Warts
Photo Credit:DermaNet New Zealand, flat warts, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 NZ

Viral warts are contagious. They are small bumps with tiny blood clogs that look like black seats. They can grow in clusters. Active treatments are required since they are infectious and can spread on to other people. Amongst the over 150 strains of HPVs, certain viruses attack specific human body areas. Take HPV1 as an example, they often infect the heels. Warts that found on the feet are called plantar warts; those on hands are called Palmer warts.

Plantar Warts
Photo Credit:DermaNet New Zealand, Plantar Warts, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 NZ

The common ways of treating warts include: freezing (cryotherapy), laser, medication and minor surgery treatments . The doctor will analyze according to the location, the sizes, numbers and depth, as well as the patient’s budget and expectation to make the decision. Since freezing treatment do not leave scars, it becomes the most popular choice. You may ask the doctor to see what is best for you.


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