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What causes warts and can they be prevented?
Warts are caused by direct contact with human papillomavirus (HPV), which is contagious. HPV spreads by person-to-person contact or through direct contact with an object used by a person with... read more
Warts are caused by direct contact with human papillomavirus (HPV), which is contagious. HPV spreads by person-to-person contact or through direct contact with an object used by a person with the virus. The virus that causes warts can also spread to other places on the body of the person with warts. If you already have warts, you can prevent them from spreading by not picking at them. Consider covering warts with bandages. In addition, keep your hands as dry as possible—warts are harder to control in moist environments. You should minimize brushing, combing or shaving areas where warts are present, as the virus can be spread via these actions. You should wash your hands thoroughly after you touch any warts. Warts can be treated by a dermatologist or possibly by using an over the counter product.