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How common are warts?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
About 10% of children develop warts, however, it is more common among adults aged 25 - 45.
Anyone can develop warts after exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV); however, some are more at risk than others. Children and young adults are most likely to develop common warts. Additionally, individuals with weakened immune systems, because of medical issues like HIV/AIDS, as well as people with diabetes, are more likely to get warts. They are spread through extended or repeated contact. Warts are very common and often return even after removal. Almost everyone will have a wart at some time in their lives.

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