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Warts (cont.)

Wart Causes

Warts are caused by the DNA-containing human papillomavirus (HPV). There are at least 100 genetically different types of HPVs.

  • The virus enters the skin after direct contact with recently shed viruses kept alive in warm, moist environments such as a locker room, or by direct contact with an infected person. The entry site is often an area of recent injury. The incubation time (from when the virus is contracted until a wart appears) can be one to eight months.
  • Contrary to popular mythology, touching a frog will not give a person warts.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/7/2012

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