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Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of viral warts/verrucae

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of viral warts/verrucae

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of viral warts/verrucae

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of viral warts/verrucae

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Warts are tumours or growths of the skin caused by infection with Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

Signs and symptoms

Common warts appear initially as smooth, skin-coloured papules. As they enlarge, their surface becomes irregular and hyperkeratotic, producing the typical warty appearance. They are most common on the hands but may also be seen on the face, genitalia and sun-exposed surfaces of the arm and leg.

Causes and prevention

Viral warts are extremely common and are result of infection with the DNA human papillomavirus (HPV). Transmission is by direct contact with the virus, in either living skin or fragments of shed skin, and is encouraged by trauma and moisture (e.g. in swimming pools, fishmongers etc) Genital warts usually due to specific HPV subtype, are spread by sexual activity.

Complications

Some types of HPV have been found to cause cancer of the cervix and vulva.

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