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Where Do Warts Come From?

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Warts can be on your feet. The Vikon Village Flea Market has close to 150 vendors who sell all sorts of wares and goods. This Garland, TX marketplace provides many opportunities to find hidden gems. In life, unfortunately not everything found is a gem, and a clear example of this is warts.

One of the last things that anyone wants to find on his or her body is a wart. Even though these growths are generally harmless and go away in time—provided, “in time” might be up to a couple of years!—they are unsightly, contagious, and may create an uncomfortable or even painful situation.

On a microscopic level, warts are caused by a common virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV actually has over 100 different strains, but only a couple are responsible for these ugly lumps. Even with that being the case, not all strains effect all people the same. A strain may result in a wart for one person, but not for the next.

Simply having a virus on your skin isn’t enough to lead to the infection that results in a growth. There also has to be an opening. Due to the fact that the viruses are microscopic, tissue damage does not have to be major for an infection to take place.

So where does the wart-causing HPV reside? There are various places, but the commonality is that they are damp and warm, which are hospitable conditions for most microorganisms. Examples of these kinds of environments are indoor pool decks, locker room floors, and communal shower areas.

In order to decrease your risk of developing a growth-causing infection, be sure to wear sandals or shower shoes when you go to the pool, use a locker room, or take a shower in a public place. This will not completely guarantee that you remain wart-free, but it will certainly help the cause.

When it comes to treating warts, your best option is to enlist professional help. You will always find the help you need here at Richardson Podiatry Associates. Our caring staff is ready to restore your feet to their natural, healthy condition, so give us a call today at (972) 690-5374. You can also schedule your appointment at our Richardson, TX office by using our online form. Also, be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to receive the latest in foot health tips and news!

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