A wart is a deformation of the epidermis that has become hard and looks like a lumpy nodule that is reminiscent of a cauliflower.
How does a wart develop?
A wart is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus. This virus can cause the skin to divide faster causing a bump. This bump is then hard and often numb.
Is it dangerous?
Having warts is not harmful. However, you can infect other people with the virus so they can also get warts. This transfer takes place through direct contact, but the virus can also be transferred in humid areas such as the swimming pool or the showers at a sports club.
How can you prevent it?
Preventing warts is difficult. If you carry the virus with you, warts may arise sooner or later. However, you can avoid direct physical contact with someone who has warts and it is advisable to wear slippers in the showers of the sports club.
Where do warts occur most?
Warts arise most on all fours. This is because we are the fastest infected in those places. Think of walking on bare feet in the pool or sports showers and with your hands you have the most physical contact with others. Warts can occur on the entire body.
How do you remove a wart?
Most warts will disappear automatically after a year. If you do not want to wait for this, or if the wart stays longer than you have a number of options. You can freeze the wart with liquid nitrogen. This can be done at the GP. The nitrogen ensures that the wart freezes and this creates a space between the wart and the skin. After a week, the wart will fall off automatically. In the space that had developed between the wart and the skin, the skin has now had the chance to recover. If the wart falls off, the skin is already healed.
You can also get all kinds of remedies at the pharmacy or pharmacy to treat your warts yourself. Often these are tips for liquids. You treat the skin where the wart is located with a small brush with the liquid. Since the liquid has a very aggressive effect, it is necessary to prevent the healthy skin from being hit. You treat the skin a few days and eventually the wart falls off automatically.
Young people and children
Children and adolescents are more likely to suffer from warts than adults. This is because they have not yet made enough antibodies to prevent the warts. As adults you can still get warts but it is less common.