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Plantar Warts Causes and Risk Factors

Plantar Warts Causes and Risk Factors
Plantar warts
Causes and Risk Factors

What causes warts?
Warts are caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). More than 100 types of HPV exist, which can cause warts on your hands, fingers or near the fingernails. Normally, antibodies in the blood destroy HPV, but in some cases, it takes refuge in the skin and causes plantar warts. The virus can be transmitted to the feet from other areas of the body (called remote location seeding).

What causes plantar warts?
Plantar warts are caused by a particular strain of HPV, or the human papillomavirus. The strain of HPV that causes plantar warts is contagious, but these warts will only spread to other areas on the soles of your feet, but not to other regions of your body. However, it is possible to contract the virus by walking barefoot in public places because it thrives in warm, moist environments, such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming areas. If you have a plantar wart, you can even spread the virus to other places on your own foot by touching or scratching. The virus can also spread by contact with skin shed from a wart or blood from a wart.

Risk factors
Risk factors may not be a direct cause of a particular disease, but seem to be associated with its development in some way. For reasons doctors don't understand, some people are just more likely to catch the wart-causing virus. Plantar warts are more likely to appear on the feet of people who exhibit the following:

Age - Children and teenagers tend to be especially vulnerable to warts but anyone can get them.

Contact with contaminated surfaces - The virus often is encountered on contaminated surfaces, such as tile floors of public locker rooms, showers or swimming pools.

Frequency of exposure - Some people get warts depending on how often they are exposed to the virus.

Low immune system - Weakened immune systems make it more likely that a person can experience a plantar wart.

Skin problems – Wart viruses occur more easily if the skin has been damaged in some way. People with damaged or cut skin (nail biting, hangnails) are more likely to contract warts.

Doctors still do not know for how long warts are contagious, but it may be as long as lesions on the sole are visible. So how do you know if you have warts or not? Can you identify signs and symptoms of plantar warts? Continue reading the next section on plantars warts symptoms for more.

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