Yes, warts are contagious. These unsightly growths are typically harmless and will ultimately go away on their own, but they can easily be passed along from person to person. There are a couple of ways in which this happens and it is important to know them so you can stay wart-free or prevent infecting someone else.
Warts are caused by a virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be contracted when certain strains of HPV enter your body. Given that viruses are microscopic organisms, it only takes a tiny cut, scrape, or abrasion to provide an entrance. In addition to contracting HPV directly—often in warm, damp environments—touching someone else’s wart can cause one to form on your own body.
As we said, these viral growths will go away in time, but keep in mind that this might take up to a couple of years. If you have one and would like to remove the wart in a safe manner by a skilled professional, then contact Richardson Podiatry Associates today. Either call our office at (972) 690-5374 or simply use our online form to make your request.