Saturday, May 19, 2012

Are you considered HPV positive when you have plantar warts?

Plantar warts is caused by Human papilloma virus (HPV). This very same virus is also known to cause genital warts (which is some sort of STD) and even cancer. Because of this, some people who suffer from plantar warts are worried about their health status. Some peoples even think that they're considered HPV positive and at risk of infecting other people around them.

First thing first, you need to stop worrying so much about it, here's why.

HPV is the virus that cause plantar warts, that's true. But there are over 100+ type of HPV. The type of HPV that cause plantar warts aren't the same type of HPV that cause genital warts or cancer. Warts on your foot are cause by HPV type 1, 2, 4 and 63.

Genital warts on the other hand, is commonly cause by HPV type 6 and 11. While cancer is cause by HPV type 16 and 18. To make it more simple and easier to understand, see below.

  • HPV type 1, 2, 4 and 63 – can cause plantar warts
  • HPV type 6 and 11 – can cause genital warts
  • HPV type 16 and 18 – can cause cancer

HPV type 1, 2, 4 and 63 (the type that cause plantar warts) are more likely to infect the skin around your feet because this type of HPV love the condition of human feet more than other area of our body. However, since this virus is contagious, it is better for you to take some action to prevent the warts from spreading.

Plantar warts can be spread through direct contact between the warts and your skin. The HPV that cause plantar warts is also known to thrive in moist and warm environment. So, some of the things that you can do to reduce the chances of spreading it include:

  • Covering the warts with bandage or duct tape.
  • Clean the shower floor after you use it
  • Avoid walking around barefooted.

Nevertheless, if you have plantar warts it is ways better to get it removed. There is a few tips on how to get rid of plantar warts available. Check em out at our home remedies section and give them a try. Some people had use those methods to remove plantar warts successfully. Or, you can meet your doctor to get the warts removed.

Further reading :
Are plantar warts and genital warts the same?
How to get rid of plantar warts
Plantar wart treatment


Nancy Kathlene said...

The viral particles are able to penetrate the skin and mucosal surfaces through microscopic abrasions in the genital area, which occur during sexual activity. Once cells are invaded by HPV, a latency (quiet) period of months to years may occur.genital warts

Nancy Kathlene said...

While I'm a 40 year old female, I have been sick for 2 years with Chronic Lyme Disease. It took months of extremesickness before a doctor finally diagnosed it. it has caused a plethora of neurological problems. Mine had been doorment for years and was triggered by a high exposure to mold. It might be worth checking into. Do some research on it as well. Best of luck to you all! warts genital

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