How do people get warts?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Warts are growths in and under the skin that are caused by the Human Papillomavirus. They come in many varieties, with their appearance typically determined by where the wart is located.

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Warts

Where warts grow determines the best course of treatment. The human papillomavirus, or HPV, causes warts, which frequently appear on the hands. They can be embarrassing on the face and itch or hurt if they grow on the soles of the ...

feet or appear in or around the genitals. Doctors do not recommend over-the-counter wart-removal medications for warts on the face or for genital warts. Some warts require stronger prescription medication or a surgical technique that includes freezing, burning or laser treatment.
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