How do you get warts?

Different HPV (human papilloma virus) strains cause warts. Warts have a rough texture because the virus forms keratin, which is a hard protein on the top layer of the skin, and it grows fast.

The wart-causing virus can be passed on by close skin-to-skin contact, as well as through contact with towels or shoes, used by people that have warts. Once a towel is wash, it no longer has the ability to inoculate warts. The wart-causing virus can be spread to other parts of the body when the wart gets damaged by for example shaving, scratching, or biting the wart. Biting fingernails can cause warts to spread on the fingertips and around nails.

Getting warts is related to the immune systems.  Some of us may develop warts when we come into contact with HPV, while others don't. The risk of catching warts from another person is fairly small, but it exists. Genital warts are much more contagious.

An individual who has damaged or wet skin, or comes into contact with rough surfaces is more likely to catch the infection.

 

How do you get verrucas?

The HPV-virus strains cause warts. The wart-causing virus can be passed on by close skin-to-skin contact, as well as through contact with towels, socks or shoes. A person whose skin is damaged, wet, or comes into contact with rough surfaces is more likely to catch the infection. For example, a person with scratches or cuts on the soles of their feet is more likely to catch verrucas in and around public swimming pools.

 

Verrucas and swimming

A person whose skin is damaged, wet, or comes into contact with rough surfaces is more likely to catch the infection. For example, a person with scratches or cuts on the soles of their feet is more likely to catch verrucas in and around public swimming pools. Wear flip-flops in communal showers. And cover your wart or verruca with a waterproof plaster when you go swimming to prevent contaminating others.