Flat warts, like all types of warts, form after a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. They have a white/yellow or flesh color and they are very easy to notice. You can recognize them because they are at the same level of the skin and not raised like other types of warts. They usually form on the face and neck but you can also have them on knees, elbows, arms, legs or the back of the hands.
Flat warts are smoother and smaller than other types and can grow one at a time or in groups. They are more easy to grow on children, since their body is not strong enough to fight this kind of infection. In adults, they usually form after shaving, when the skin is inflamed and more vulnerable to the virus. This is why is very common for men to have them on the face and for women to have them on legs. The HPV can enter very easily inside the body where there are cuts, scratches or wounds.
Transmission of flat warts
Warts can be transmitted either through direct or indirect contact with the virus. There are many types of the human papillomavirus but the strain behind flat warts are only four: HPV 3, 10, 28 and 49. They can be spread through physical contact, touching an infected person or indirectly, using an object which has been previously infected by someone else such as a towel or skin products.
Because of this I strongly recommend being very careful when touching other people or using objects that belongs to others. You should know that flat warts are very easy to spread and they are extremely contagious. You can start developing a new wart just by touching a wart you already have and then touching another part of your body. This happens very frequently when you have for example warts on face. So, if you accidentally touch a wart I suggest you wash immediately your hands with soap.
How to cure and get rid of flat warts
Flat warts can be treated in different ways. Most of the time, the treatment is based on the case and on the number of warts you have. Doctors usually prescribe topical creams to remove flat warts but unfortunately this kind of treatment is effective only at the beginning. The reason is that until you don’t eradicate the HPV from your body, wart are going to form again and again.
Sometimes if the situation is critical a lot of people decide to get their warts removed with laser surgery or cryotherapy. Both of these procedures are very costly, very painful and they can also cause visible scarring. The biggest problem with them is still the same. They are not going to act on the virus and once you have remove the warts they can always come back. The best way to solve your problem is to find a way to act on both the warts and the virus, possibly using a method that will not damage your skin and your health.
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