The main way to prevent
warts is to avoid contact with the
human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes warts. If you
are exposed to this virus, you may or may not develop warts, depending on how
susceptible you are to the virus.
Tips on avoiding the human papillomavirus
Avoid touching warts on yourself or
Do not share razors, towels, socks, or shoes with another
person. Someone with no visible warts can still be carrying the
Avoid walking barefoot on warm, moist surfaces where the
wart virus may be alive. Wear shower shoes when using public showers, locker
rooms, or pool areas.
Keep your feet dry. If your feet sweat
heavily, wear socks that absorb moisture or wick it away from the
Avoid irritating the soles of your feet. Warts grow more
easily if your skin has been injured or broken in some way.
Tips on preventing warts from spreading
Keep warts covered with a bandage or athletic
Do not bite your nails or cuticles, as this may spread warts
from one finger to another.