DD Health specialists, warns today about the less-painful unassuming yet high risk to cervical cancer causing virus abbreviated as HPV which causes warts.
Warts which is the focus today, is a skin growth caused by some types of the Human Papiloma virus also known as HPV. The virus infects the sub-cutaneous part of the skin, entering the body through broken skin. The virus causes rapid multiplication of the of a part of the top layer of skin to grow rapidly, forming a wart. Most warts disappear on their own within months or years as the cycle of the virus dies off.
Warts can grow on any part the body, however there are varied types which grow on different parts of the body.
- Common warts are generally not painful, usually grow on fingers and hands, especially around fingernails. These warts usually have a rough, bumpy surface with tiny black dots, which are the blood vessels that feed the wart and allow it to grow. Flat warts are much smaller than common warts and are very smooth. This type of wart typically grows in little bunches on the face and legs; as many as 100 flat warts may grow together in one place.
- Plantar warts, which grow on the bottoms of the feet, can be quite painful as a person walks on them, flattening them and pushing them back into the skin.
- Genital warts are small and pink, and they can grow one at a time or in bunches that make them look a bit like cauliflower. This type of wart can grow on the genitals * , the skin around the genitals, the rectum, the buttocks, in the vagina or cervix. Although most warts do not cause major health problems, genital warts may itch, bleed, and may cause some strains of HPV which causes cervical cancer.
Tips on Cause and spread
- Warts are easily spread by direct contact with a human papillomavirus.
- You can infect yourself again by touching the wart and then touching another part of your body.
- You can infect another person by sharing towels, razors, or other personal items.
- It can take many months of slow growth beneath the skin before a wart is noticed.
- It is unlikely that you will get a wart every time you come in contact with HPV, Some people are more susceptible to warts than others.
Keep up with us tomorrow as we share the possible link between HPV, warts and Cervical cancer. . . . . . . . .