It's a Wart! (Body Fact #12)

All of a sudden you notice this thing between your fingers. Ugh! It's a wart! How did that happen? Is it going to spread? How do I get rid of it? Read on to find the answers.

Warts are skin infections caused by viruses passed from one person to another by contact. And, no, you don’t get a wart from holding a frog or toad! Warts are small hard bumps that are often grayish-brown in color. They usually have a rough surface that looks like the head of a cauliflower with black dots inside. If you pick at a wart, it can spread to other parts of your body.

Most warts go away by themselves in 2-3 years. If you can't wait that long, try using one of the wart-removal medications available at the drugstore. You might even try putting duct tape on your wart. Believe it or not, duct tape works for a lot of people. And if none of that works, your family doctor can get rid of a pesky wart by burning or freezing it off.

Almost everyone gets a wart sooner or later. It's really no big deal. Just stay calm, follow the easy steps outlined above, and that wart will be gone before you know it!

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