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About common warts


The causative agent of the common wart is human papilloma virus (HPV). There are more than 100 different types of HPV identified of which the most common viruses causing cutaneous warts are type 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, and 27. The viruses are able to enter the skin through minor breaches in the epithelial surface. The infection results in the metaplasia of keratinocytes which gradually build upkerathoyalin granules and sloughed off. The virally infected keratinocytes are not destroyed and therefore protect the virus from the host immune system, allowing continual growth of the wart.

 

 

About plantar warts (verrucae)

 

Verrucae (or plantar warts) are caused by the human papillomavirus. They are extremely common, being  experienced by most people at some time during their lives. Verrucae are infectious and can be painful, especially when affecting the soles of the feet.  Verrucae are spread by direct skin-to-skin contact or indirectly via contact with contaminated surfaces (e.g.  swimming pools or communal showers), although having a family member with a wart and having a high incidence of warts within a child’s class have been shown to be stronger risk factors than the use of swimming pools and shared bathing areas. If a verruca is scratched or knocked it can bleed, making it easier for the virus to infect another part of the body through a breach in the skin.