Although warts generally aren’t dangerous, they are ugly, potentially embarrassing, and contagious. They can also be painful.
Most warts clear up without treatment. But the time it takes a wart to disappear can vary.
The location and type of wart and the strength of a person’s immune system will all affect how long a wart will take to disappear. But if they do not disappear, or if a wart causes concern, medical help is available.
Some rules to follow include:
- Do not touch other people’s warts.
- Do not use other people’s towels, washcloths, or other personal items.
- Do not share shoes or socks with other people.
- Do not scratch warts or verrucae.
- Wear sandals when entering and exiting communal showers and pools.
- Do not brush, comb, shave, or clip hair in areas that have warts.
- When filing or cutting nails, do not use the same utensil on the infected nail and the healthy nails.
- Keep hands as dry as possible.
- Wash hands thoroughly after touching a wart.