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How to banish the common wart


Last updated 9/7/2007 at Noon

It’s August and one store has Halloween decorations out (seems sooner every year). While looking at a particularly bumpy witch, the topic for this Medical Minute was conceived: warts. We are going to discuss the unsightly warts we get on our hands.

Usually, a wart is flesh-colored and has an uneven top and smooth, distinct borders. The common wart is also known as Verruca vulgaris. The cause is one of many strains of human papillomavirus (HPV).

This virus is contagious with contact and, according to my grandmother, brought on by being rude to an elder – so be polite and don’t touch...

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