Warts are caused by a viral infection but have less to do with hygiene than with a weakened defense system. The susceptibility of our body to warts can be triggered by mental stress, excessive physical exertion, pregnancy, serious surgery or certain systemic diseases. But also factors that cause a metabolic disorder or injury to the skin surface and thereby create favorable infection conditions and increase the risk of infection are decisive.
Who is prone to warts?
The susceptibility to warts varies from person to person: Children are particularly vulnerable because their immune system is not yet fully developed, as well as people over 50 years. The risk of infection increases when the skin barrier is already damaged, z. B. by sweat, cold or poor circulation. Warts can invade the thin dry skin much easier. Bleeding warts are extremely contagious, so it's important not to scratch a wart.
Where can warts spread everywhere?
There are 66 known wart viruses. In most cases, these are common warts, which spread throughout the body, but preferably on the hands, feet and face as well as under the fingernails.
Wart viruses enter the upper layer of the skin through minor injuries. After several weeks, skin growth begins to form on the skin surface. The viruses multiply and can be released when touched, so that other skin areas or other people are infected.
Warts can also be directly contagious under ideal and moist conditions of reproduction.