Myths about warts: 3 things you should know

In many stories, folklore, and old wives tales, warts have been associated with frogs, toads, swamps, and even witches. Whilst those stories may be fun and whimsical, warts are not caused by kissing a toad or having a spell cast upon you. Warts are actually a viral skin infection caused by the human papilloma virus.

These “tales” can often cause confusion regarding warts and the available treatments. If you would like to know the best way to prevent and treat warts then read on:


Myth #1: Warts are uncommon


The fact is that warts are very common. Have you ever heard the phrase “warts and all”? On average 10% of the population currently has warts. This percentage increases depending on age and activities. For example, studies have shown that 12% of 4-6 year olds and 24% of 16-18 year olds have warts. 


Myth #2: Warts are not contagious


As previously mentioned, warts are caused by the human papilloma virus. The virus is able to infect the skin through small openings or breaches of skin integrity. When our skin is dry and intact it is very difficult for the virus to enter the layers of the skin. However, when you are walking through a communal shower after swimming, your “waterlogged” skin is no longer intact and it can be very easy for the virus to infect the skin if you come into contact with it.


Myth #3: Warts are forever


Great news! This too is totally false. As with all viruses, it is the role of the immune system to eliminate the warts. In children, 70% of warts will spontaneously resolve within the first 12 to 24 months. This is due to the constantly evolving and strengthening of the immune system within children.

The topical treatments that are available at the chemist will not “kill the virus” but instead by very mildly damaging the skin, those treatments can help to initiate an immune response that will help to eliminate the virus. The Swift treatment that is offered at the Geelong Wart Clinic is the best treatment available to initiate an immune response with a greater than 85% success rate.

If you are struggling to get rid of those really stubborn warts, then call us today on 1300 283 063.