Warts are caused by contact with the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Warts are skin growths that may appear on various parts of the body and may take several different shapes or appearances depending on the type of wart.
Avoiding ContactThe best way to avoid warts is to avoid contact with the human papillomavirus. This may be difficult in some cases, as most sexually active adults have been exposed to HPV at some point. Even a person who does not have visible warts but is carrying the virus may spread the virus. However, by taking a few precautions to avoid contact with the virus, one may reduce their chances of developing warts.
Some prevention pointers include:
• Avoid touching your or others' warts
• Avoid sharing personal items with others such as towels, shoes, socks, etc.
• Do not walk barefoot in locker rooms, communal showers or in other warm, damp public areas
• Keep warts covered with a bandage