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WARTS - CUTANEOUS
Cutaneous warts, also called verrucae, are benign proliferations of skin caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).
Most common warts on the hands and feet are due to HPV types 1, 2, 4, 27 & 57.
HPV is usually transmitted by contact with skin of an infected individual or by transmission of virus living in warm moist environment.
Autoinoculation may occur from traumatizing lesions by biting or scratching.
Incubation period is unknown but may range from months to years.

Prevention

  • Avoid direct contact w/ warts
  • Wash hands thoroughly after touching warts
  • Keep hands & feet dry
  • Avoid going barefoot in public places
  • Avoid picking warts to prevent spread of the virus
    • Don’t use the same file, pumice stone or nail clipper used for skin w/ warts on healthy skin
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