Warts are small but noticeable or visible tumors that tend to grow on the surface of the skin or certain parts of the body. Warts thrive in Hardy tissues such as the cuticles on fingers and the sturdy skin tissues on the feet, soles and palms.
Warts occur as a result of a viral infection. The name of the virus that causes this disease is called the Human papilloma virus (HPV). What the HPV does is that it stimulates an excess production of Keratin (a tough protein that forms a major constituent of body tissues such as nails, skin, and hair) that constitutes a significant percentage of the wart tumor composition.
Understanding the Human Papilloma Virus
The Human Papilloma Virus is a virus that is deeply placed within the DNA of a human being, and it belongs to the papovaviridae family which is known to infect an individual body tissue and leaves the rest out.
There are more than 100 strains of HPV, but the most dangerous of them are HPV18, HPV17 and HPV16. More than a quarter of these HPV strains are transmitted through sexual intercourse. Warts are contagious i.e. they are transmissible, and the virus can enter the body if there is a direct skin to skin contact with an infected person. HPV thrives in the wet and damp skin, and you can easily contract the virus if the skin is wet than when it is dry.
Some symptoms may indicate that you have an HPV infection which includes:
- The presence of tumor (abnormal growth) on the skin around certain parts of the body such as face, skin, fingertips etc.
- Noticeable brown growth that might not be itchy
- Pain felt in the foot or soles when walking.
- Discoloration in the mouth.
- In the case of genital warts, you may notice small growths around the pubic region.
Is there a cure for HPV?
HPV just like other viral infections has no cure, but you can suppress the growth of the virus through the use of certain medications. A healthy and immune system can also be used to ward off HPV when it tries entering the body.
Food rich in vitamins can be used to overcome viral infections like HPV. There is also a need for HPV vaccine which helps to prevent possible HPV infection either through direct skin-to-skin contact or sexual intercourse.
Warts can be treated and can also be avoided when you observe a very high level of hygiene. You can also go to the hospital to get HPV vaccine, and frequently for HPV tests so as to get medications faster if any abnormality is noticed before warts start to develop.
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