Childhood Skin Problems

Medically Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on March 19, 2021

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After acne, warts are the most common dermatological complaint. Three out offour people will develop a wart (verruca vulgaris) at some time in their lives.Warts are slightly contagious, and you can spread them to other parts of yourbody by touching them or shaving around infected areas. Children and youngadults are more prone to getting warts because their defense mechanisms may notbe fully developed, but it is possible to get a wart at any age.

Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which enters the skinthrough a cut or scratch and causes cells to multiply rapidly. Usually, wartsspread through direct contact. Each person responds differently, and noteveryone exposed to HPV will develop a wart. Read more about the causes, treatments, and symptoms of warts.

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