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What can I do to help prevent warts?

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1. Wash your hands, especially after you touch a wart that you already have.

2. Wear shower shoes, thongs, or rubber swimming shoes whenever you go to a public pool, locker room, or use a shower that other people also use.

3. Wash your feet with a disinfectant soap after being in an area where the virus can spread.

4. Don’t touch someone else’s wart.

5. Don’t shave, brush, or clip areas that have warts.

6. Do you already have a wart on your foot? Keep it dry to help prevent it from spreading.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 

The Mayo Clinic.

American Academy of Dermatology: “Warts.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Warts.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on September 5, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 

The Mayo Clinic.

American Academy of Dermatology: “Warts.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Warts.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on September 5, 2019

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