A wart is actually caused by a viral infection and is known to be a benign tumor in the epidermis layer of the skin. A wart is known to be caused by a virus.
The human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, is a double-stranded DNA virus, which is responsible for causing warts to appear on the outer layer of the skin. The virus remains at the bottom layer of the epidermis. The skin may appear to be normal when it contains this virus.
There are different types of the human papillomavirus. Because there are many different types of the virus that can get into the skin, different types of warts may appear in the skin. Some of these sub-types are known to be a root cause of cervical cancer and other related cancers. A wart can appear anywhere on the body on the outer skin layers.
Warts are very common.
Most people get a wart at least once in their lives. Warts can be extremely frustrating and bothersome. It is common for them to be painful if they are in a location like the heel of your foot as (obviously) this can make it difficult to walk.
Many people believe that warts are caused from frogs or toads. This is a myth. Frogs do not carry the human papillomavirus and they do not cause warts to appear on the skin. Warts are simply a viral infection and the virus comes to the surface of the skin in the form of a wart. Kids love to believe otherwise all the same 🙂
Another common myth about warts is that they have roots. A wart does not have a root in the bottom or underneath it. Warts grow to the top layer of the skin, which is known as the epidermis. When a wart seems as if it has grown downward or deep into the skin, it is not a root. A wart will displace the dermis, which is the second layer of skin. It will not grow into the dermis.
A wart may feel hard and solid on the outside. It may feel rock hard and deep but it really is only on the top layer of the skin. When a wart is removed from the skin it actually is not hard at all. Underneath a wart is actually soft and tender. The air causes a wart to harden.
In most cases warts tend to grow in cylindrical columns on the skin. When a wart grows on the face the cylindrical columns will not fuse together. This is because the skin on the face is thin and it doesn’t provide for the growth.
When warts grow on the fingers or the feet where the skin is much thicker, these cylindrical columns will actually fuse together. The columns fuse together and they are packed together tightly. It is common for the surface of the skin to have a mosaic pattern on thicker skin.
Black dots can also arise in the center of the top of a wart. These black dots are actually blood vessels. Blood vessels will grow rapidly and irregularly into a wart. They will thromboses and clot at the base of a wart and give it a black dot.
I recommend reading this article outlining the Top 10 Wart Myths to help you dispel a few concerns/questions you may have.
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