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Yes... Unfortunately warts can grow back and even if they couldn't they are contagious and therefore, like with common colds, can develop again with contact of the virus that causes them. That virus is human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV viruses come in different forms. More than sixty different strains exist. The HPV viruses that affect the skin cause skin cells to grow rapidly about the hands, fingers fingernails, feet, legs and face. Some types of HPV even grow in genitalia.

As noted, HPV is contagious. Catching the virus merely requires touching someone with the germ or handling an object an infected person touched or otherwise came in contact with at the viral site.

There are a few different methods for ridding warts including home treatments.

HOME TREATMENT

* Warts should be cleaned and soaked in warm soapy water. The purpose of soaking warts is to clean them as much as possible for the treatment process. After soaking use a clean towel to blot them dry.

* Warts are rather sturdy thus even after soaking; parts of them will remain firm. The firm parts may be removed with a clean emery board or a clean nail file. If using an emery board, discard it after using it. You may not be able to clean the porous surface. Nail files made of metal may easily be washed.

* Now apply a wart dissolving medicine to the remaining growth. Available medicines include Occusol, Viranol, Compound W and Wart-Off. Follow the instructions on the containers and be certain to avoid getting the medication on parts of the skin that do not have warts. If you accidentally get medication in the wrong place clean it off right away.

* After applying medication the wart must be covered with an adhesive bandage to keep the medication in place. This process should be repeated once a day and may take as many as three months to completely dissolve the wart.




When warts are present on the skin it is imperative not to scratch them. Don't touch them. Don't shave over them. Leave them alone as much as possible. Contacting warts on your skin and touching an area of your skin that has no wart can cause one to grow there. The HPV virus is very strong and not very selective as to where it implants itself.




If a doctor's treatment is preferred or if the wart simply will not go away you can consider treatments such freezing, using a substance called Cantharidin that make blisters warts in order to remove them, an injection such as Bleomycin which is placed directly into the wart. Warts can even be removed with surgery including laser surgery.

So if you or your child has a wart, getting rid of it may be accomplished, just remember they sometimes do grow back and because warts are viruses you can catch another one.

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