‘Warts’ are small fleshy bumps on the skin caused by the Human Papillomavirus. There are several kinds of strains of Human Papillomavirus, which are responsible for warts formed on different parts of our body. Warts are highly contagious and spread from one location or organ to another, and even from one person to another. commonly warts are formed on hands, feet, and genitals. these are pink-coloured or slightly discoloured in appearance. they need to treated medically to stop the growth and finally cure the disease. though painless by nature, warts are dangerous as they look ugly and are highly contagious.
There are several Myths about Warts, which need to clear as the majority of the Indian population don’t take Warts as a disease, they start home-remedies and land-up in a disaster. the most common Myths about warts are:-
Myth #1 warts are not contagious.
This is the most common myth about Warts. people think that warts are not contagious whereas the truth is that that Warts are highly contagious and spread very fast from one location to another. it is caused by indirect skin contact with HPV Virus contaminated objects like Gym instruments, clothes, mats, shared floors, etc.
Myth #2 Warts are caused by touching Toads and Frogs.
There are more than 100 kinds of HPV Virus which are the cause of warts. Some HPV viruses cause common warts whereas other complicated subtypes can cause serious diseases like cervical cancer.so, this myth that warts are caused by touching frogs and toads is wrong and we should educate ourselves with the scientific reasons and skin care treatment rather than running after the fake assumptions.
Myths #3 Warts can’t be removed
Warts are treatable and can be cured by medical treatments. There are several treatment options available medically. the most common ones are Cryotherapy and Cantharidin. In cryotherapy, the wart is frozen and gradually removed whereas, in Cantharidin, the warts are lifted off to cure the location.
Myth #4 Warts cannot be prevented
Warts can be prevented by taking extra care and maintaining skin hygiene under the guidance of a reputed Dermatologist. frequently washing and keeping skin clean and dry can reduce the chances of infections. Small abrasions should be cured timely as they are the best places for HPV Virus to attack.
Myth #5 Warts can grow back if neglected.
Warts can always grow back if you come in contact with the virus again through some infected material or person. you can also take Immunotherapy treatments to stimulate immunity against the virus.