How did my child get warts?
Common and plantar warts are contagious but not extremely so. A break in the skin is usually required for the virus to cause an infection. Infection with the wart virus does not always result in a wart, and the wart virus may be in the skin for years. It is therefore very difficult to determine where your child picked up the wart virus that caused a common or plantar wart.
Your child may catch the wart virus:
- through contact with other children in the classroom
- from affected family members at home
- from touching an object in any public place that has the wart virus on it
- walking on moist surfaces around community swimming pools
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What to Do About Warts. In: Harvard Women’s Health Watch. December 2004. p. 6-8.