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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