How are Warts Caused

Warts are caused by the DNA-containing human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 different types of HPV, in which 63 types of HPVs causes genital warts. The virus enters the skin after direct contact with recently shed viruses kept alive in warm, moist environments such as a locker room, or by direct contact with an infected person. These strains of the virus are highly contagious and can spread through sexual contact with an infected person. The entry site is often an area of recent injury. The incubation time—from when the virus is contracted until a wart appears—can be 1-8 months.Contrary to popular mythology, touching a frog will not give you warts.



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