Warts come in all shapes and sizes and can appear on most parts of the body.
They are small lumps that develop on the skin and most people will experience a wart at some stage throughout their life. They aren’t usually dangerous and tend to go away on their own, although this can take months or even years. Warts tend to be round or oval shaped and are usually raised and firm. They can appear on their own or in a group and vary in size.
Warts are caused by human papilloma virus which is when an excess substance called keratin develops in the top layer of skin, resulting in a hard, rough lump. They don’t spread easily but can be passed through people when skin contact occurs or surfaces are contaminated such as towels, socks or swimming pools. Pharmacy treatments can treat warts however they would usually disappear on their own.
Warts can also be prevented by:
• Avoiding skin contact with others who already have warts
• Avoid sharing towels, flannels, shoes or socks with other people
• Keep your feet and hands clean and dry
• Wear fresh socks every day
• Do not go barefoot in public places