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Viral warts

A wart is a small, rough growth resembling a cauliflower or a solid blister. It typically occurs on human’s hands or feet, but often in other locations. Warts are caused by a viral infection, specifically by one of the many types of human papillomavirus (HPV). There are as many as 10 varieties of warts, the most common considered to be mostly harmless. It is possible to get warts from others; they are contagious and usually enter the body in an area of broken skin. They typically disappear after a few months but can last for years and can recur.

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What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with viral warts, 87% report having warts, 41% report having skin lesion, and 24% report having skin growth. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of viral warts are warts, skin moles, bumps on penis, and foot or toe lump or mass, although you may still have viral warts without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with viral warts often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), excision, excision of skin lesion, pelvis exam, wound care management, rectal examination, biopsy and examination of foot .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with viral warts include imiquimod topical, salicylic acid topical, tretinoin topical, podofilox topical, trichloroacetic acid topical, cimetidine, acetic acid topical, tazarotene topical, econazole topical, efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir, candida albicans extract, podophyllum resin topical and bleomycin .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for viral warts include age 5-14 years age 15-29 years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get viral warts.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.4x
5-14 years
2.5x
15-29 years
1.6x
30-44 years
1.1x
45-59 years
0.8x
60-74 years
0.5x
75+ years
0.2x

Sex

Male
1.2x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
1.1x
White
1.1x
Other
0.8x
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