Viral warts, also known as HPV warts, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a type of filterable virus that is easily transmitted through person-to-person contact.
Although there are many different types of HPV, the type that causes warts is not related to sexually transmitted infections. Commonly found on the arms, legs, chest, abdomen, buttocks, and even the face and eyes, plane warts are a type of viral wart that is frequently seen. This filterable virus is prevalent in the environment and can infect skin with open wounds, weakened immune systems, or poor health conditions. Once infected, the skin’s surface can become rough and bumpy, with small flesh-colored or light brown bumps forming.
While plane warts typically have little impact on health, they can easily be transmitted, especially among siblings who share personal hygiene or makeup products. Treatment is recommended for those with weakened immune systems or those living with young children or the elderly. If left untreated, plane warts can spread and affect one’s appearance. Treatment options include CO2 laser therapy, surgical removal, cryotherapy, and topical medications such as salicylic acid. It is recommended to seek professional medical attention for treatment to ensure safety and effectiveness.