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What causes a wart?

Warts develop when the human papillomavirus (HPV) forces your body to produce excess skin. Although they're harmless, warts can cause pain. Painful or unsightly warts can be removed by a doctor, but they usually clear up on their own in time.

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How do people get warts?
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How can I tell if the rough bumps around my toenails are warts?
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