|[May 21, 2014]
June is Wart Awareness Month
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
Summer is peak season for the spread of warts (verrucae). The National
Verruca Foundation (NVF) is designating June as Wart Awareness Month in
order to raise awareness of warts as summer begins. This month-long
observance provides individuals, doctors, and community-based
organizations an excellent opportunity to address ways to prevent the
millions of cases of non-genital warts that appear each year in the
Warts can be more than a nuisance; they are highly contagious,
embarrassing, and can be painful when they appear on pressure points of
the body such as the bottom of the feet or on the hands. Plantar (foot)
warts affect about 4.5% of the population.1
Children are at the highest risk of getting warts with as many as 22% of
children contracting them sometime during their childhood.1
People with weakened or less-mature immune systems are more prone to
warts. There is no vaccine for common and plantar warts but avoiding
them is possible for many people.
"With education, many people can avoid the potetial pain and
embarrassment of warts," said dermatologist Alan E. Lasser, M.D.,
Executive Director of the NVF. "We're pleased to help increase awareness
throughout June, before the peak season begins."
The virus that causes warts is the human papillomavirus (HPV) which is
easily transmitted between people and from some objects. The following
tips may help you stay wart free:
Wash hands well and often.
Don't share towels. The wart virus can be transmitted by objects.
Wear flip flops or other shoes around public locker rooms, showers,
and pool decks.
Keep skin healthy and free of cuts. Scratches and cuts can make any
area of the skin more vulnerable to the wart virus.
Cover cuts and scrapes.
Avoid biting nails or picking at hang-nails.
Learning resources for clinicians, individuals, and community members
about warts are available at www.WartSmart.org.
1. Silverberg NB. Human papillomavirus infections in children. Curr Opin
About the National Verruca Foundation
The National Verruca Foundation was established to provide accurate
information and increase awareness of non-genital warts. Through
education and advocacy, we hope to improve the management and prevention
of the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Warts are small, benign (noncancerous) growths on the skin that look
like solid blisters or small cauliflowers. They are caused by a virus
called human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus causes keratin, which is a
hard protein on the top layer of the skin, to grow too fast. Warts may
grow anywhere on the skin, but the most common locations are the hands
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