Warts are derived from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
- HPV is a double-stranded DNA virus that causes cutaneous viral warts, most commonly located on the skin and genitalia.
- Over 118 different types of Papilloma Virus have been identified.
- The most common warts on the hands and feet are caused by HPV types 1, 2, 4, 27 and 57, all of which are non-harmful.
- The HPV Virus has several types: Some harmful (cancer causing) and some not. The good news is that the HPV types that cause warts are non-cancer causing.
- Individuals are likely to be infected by multiple types of HPV.
- Certain HPV types will respond differently to different treatments.
- With plantar warts, the virus typically lies 2-3 mms below the sole of the foot.
Warts are a skin condition that occurs most commonly on the hands and feet, but can be found on the genitals and the face.
- Where warts present is tied directly to how the HPV virus enters the body.
- Typically this is done through breaks in the skin, primarily through the hands and feet wehre the patient comes into contact with the Virus.
- Ano-genital warts are typically transmitted via sexual activity.
Transmission occurs from direct person to person contact or indirectly by fomites.
If the skin is compromised, bathrooms and swimming pools are the most common areas for the spread of warts. Once infected, autoinoculation can occur if the wart is scratched or irritated.
Non-genital warts occur in roughly 7% - 10% of the population.
- Incidence peaks between 12 and 16 years of age and occur equally between sexes
- 65-78% of warts will last up to 2 years
Warts present most commonly in patients with weakened immunity.
- Those with stronger immune responses will be able to get rid of the HPV Virus faster and more effectively than those with weaker immune responses.
- Children and adolescents typically resolve faster than the elderly.
Warts are not harmful, but can be painful and embarrassing.
- Most people experience discomfort from warts, especially when on the sole of the foot.
- This pain can range from a general annoyance to completely debilitating. 51.7% Report Moderate to Extreme Pain Levels.
- Warts on the hand and face are typically more embarrassing due to prominence and public exposure
- Ano-Genital warts can be quite painful for those who carry them
Warts can resolve on their own, but most do not.
- A small % of patients do resolve on their own due to a heightened immune response, however this is the exception.
- 66-78% last up to 2 years
- If the warts persist for more than 6 months, there is a greater than 90% likelihood that they will not resolve without treatment.
- Previously infected patients have a higher rate of incidence than those that have never been infected.
Warts can persist for several years if the virus not effectively treated.
- In order to effectively eliminate warts from your body, the key is getting rid of the HPV Virus. Even if the wart itself is destroyed, the Virus may remain dormant and will likely re-appear at some stage.
- The key to long term freedom from warts is selecting a treatment protocol that will attack the root cause of the issue.