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Skin Conditions and Warts

Can Warts Be Prevented?

If you already have warts, you can prevent them from spreading by not picking at them. Consider covering warts with bandages. In addition, keep hands as dry as possible -- warts are harder to control in moist environments. You should never brush, comb, or shave areas where warts are present as this can cause the virus to spread. Wash hands thoroughly after touching any warts.

To prevent genital warts, some of the steps you can take include:

  • Abstaining from sexual contact
  • Using condoms during sexual activity
  • Having sex only with a partner who is not having sex with other people
  • Avoiding sex with anyone who has visible symptoms of genital warts

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on June 13, 2015
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