According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people who regularly bite their nails, including children and teenage, and anyone with a weakened immune system are more disposed to getting warts than others.
Warts are caused by a virus, and it’s possible for the virus to spread to another part of your body or from individual to individual
How to prevent warts from spreading:
- Do not pick or scratch warts, or touch someone else’s wart.
- Wash your hands after treating warts.
- Wear flip-flops in public showers and pool areas.
- Keep warts on your feet dry, as moisture tends to allow warts to spread.
While most warts go away without treatment within two years, there are steps you can take to get rid of them faster.
To treat common warts at home, board-certified dermatologist Adam J. Friedman, MD, FAAD recommends one of the following methods:
Apply a wart treatment product with salicylic acid to your wart: Available over-the-counter, this will help peel the wart-ridden skin and irritate the wart, which may trigger the immune system to respond. Before applying the product, soak the wart in warm water and then sand the wart with a disposable emery board. Use a new emery board each time you do this, and keep in mind that it can take several months to see good results.
Cover the wart with duct tape: Although studies conflict about whether this gets rid of warts, changing the tape every few days may peel away layers of the wart-ridden skin and trigger the immune system to fight off the wart. To do this, soak the wart in warm water and then sand it with an emery board. Afterwards, apply duct tape to the area. Remove and reapply the duct tape every five to six days until the wart is gone.