Water warts are a viral skin infection that results in round, firm, painless bumps. The condition spreads through contact with an infected person or contaminated object from an infected person.
Though painless, the small bumps might itch. In addition, scratched spots can spread the infection to the surrounding skin.
The bumps usually disappear on their own. However, in rare cases, the spots can be removed using medication or other procedures.
The infection causes spots on the skin called Mollusca that may appear anywhere on the body.
Ways of Spreading:
- Sexual contact with an affected partner.
- Skin contact with the infected person.
- Contact with contaminated objects, such as towels.
- Scratching and rubbing the bumps spreads the virus to other parts of the body.
- It May be seen on the genitals, lower abdomen and inner upper thighs in adults if the infection was sexually transmitted
- A slight indentation (umbilication) or dot at the top near the centre is characteristical.
- the inflammation can be red and becomes itchy
- It can be easily removed by scratching or rubbing, which can spread the virus to adjacent skin
- Usually appears on the forehead, neck, armpits, arms and tops of the hands in children.
- It May be seen on the genitals, lower abdomen and inner upper thighs in adults if the infection was sexually transmitted.
Once you have got these symptoms and tested positive for water warts, contact with other people can transmit the virus.
Usually, your body can get rid of the skin infection within six to 18 months. Therefore, before thinking about medically removing warts, your doctor will recommend waiting to see if they go away on their own. However, if you contact a person who has water warts, you can be re-infected with them again.