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Warts

Warts

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Warts are normally small, skin coloured rough lumps that appear on the skin. They most commonly appear on the hands and feet, and are totally benign. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus that causes the keratin in the skin to grow too much, producing a hard textured wart. The human wart virus is extremely contagious, and skin-to-skin contact or shared use of clothes or towels can easily spread the virus. Though warts will often clear up of their own accord, treatment can accelerate the process and rid sufferers of these unsightly lumps. Warts most commonly spread through people biting or cutting them, making them bleed and helping to spread the virus. Treatment can involve use of salicylic acid, which is available at a pharmacy, or through cryotherapy where a GP or podiatrist freezes off the wart.

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I noticed that I had what appeared to be a wart. Was using Dr.schools clear away wart remover, some of the top part came off on the pad. Then the next nite a had the handle of my storm door hit the wart extremely hard. Now this wart is twice as big as it was and the bottom half wich is red and swollen really is tender and the wart removal disc no longer seems to have an effect on it. That area of my carm seems to ache alot. What should I do?: please and thank you





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Hi, I am 20 I had sexual intercourse with a girl who recently had a wart on her hand, I have now got one grown wart looking thing on the head of my penis at the bottom of it and I think I can see a second one coming up would thus be genital warts or just a regular was and what should I do, this is really effecting me mentally.





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You should probably see a medical professional. I don't believe that one can get common or plantar warts on their genitals. Get checked out so you know what the best route for treatment will be.

I have some small soft fleshy lumps appear around my vagina and anus, could I have genital warts? I have been with my husband for 12 years so really done fancy getting checked at an sti clinic.





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Hi I am 17 years old and I have had warts on the bottom of my feet since 2010 and that started with one and since then they have spread and I now have about 30 on one foot, I have been to the doctors and they have done nothing about them appart for saying that my immune system will soon fight them off however that's not happening! I really need some help as I feel that they will soon spread to be even worse and all over the bottom of my feet! Please help me!





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Hello I'm 76 and have seborrhoiec warts all over my body what can be done to remove them .the hospital say nothing can be done because it's cosmetic.





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Hello I'm 76 and have seborrhoiec warts all over my body what can be done to remove them .the hospital say nothing can be done because it's cosmetic.





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I have these white/brown crusty spots smothered all over my back and some have appeared on my breast, groin and legs, doctor has said they are warts and one said they are moles, i have picked a few off and they bleed a lot, they are stopping me from wearing certain clothes and swimsuits as they are disgusting, doctor said they can be removed but it would be very expensive as i have so may of them, could compound W remove them? Thank you in advance





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Hi, I'm 16 and I've had this lump on my hand. I think it's a wart, is there any discret way of clearing it? I find its really embarrassing as it's like right there on my hand, its been there for years now and it's still there. Someone help me please





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I have what looks like 3 skin tags on my penis i ripped two off yesterday and kept one because it was too small to cut, i've read the symptoms for warts but these were soft so im not sure whether ive done the right thing by ripping them off or not, plus ive also got a partner and im not want to alarm her just in case its actually nothing..





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I have what I think is a verruca on my finger tip for about 3 years now ,very painful ,sometimes is inflamed,swollen and filled with puss ,have tried most remedies ,freezing ,bazooka ,petroleum jelly,gp has no idea what it is and only prescribes fluxiclline antibiotics , any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.





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Warts are small, skin-coloured, rough lumps on the skin that are benign (non-cancerous). They often appear on the hands and feet. Warts can look different depending on where they are on the body and how thick the skin is. A wart on the sole of the foot is called a verruca. Read More »

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