Water warts are Contagious
Water warts are common in children, but adults can also get them. Water warts are mostly known for swimming: they are often transferred via armbands. Water warts are contagious. How do you recognize water warts and how can you remove water warts?
What is a water wart?
And water-wart resembles an ordinary wart, but is a fluid-filled blister. It is caused by a virus that comes from the family of the pox virus. This is the molluscum contagiosum virus. The infection is most common in children or young adults. Children between the ages of four and seven are often the biggest victims of the virus. This is mainly due to the fact that these children come into contact with toys and armbands during the swimming lessons.
Water warts look like globular warts, shiny, skin-colored and translucent or white. Often the warts occur in groups in the elbow cavity, knee cavity, on the trunk or arms or legs. They can also occur in the face. Less often they occur on palms and soles of the feet. The skin around the warts may appear red and scaly. Sometimes the skin also itches. And water wart can become inflamed: the wart becomes thick and red and feels painful.
Are they contagious?
Water warts are very contagious. Not only for the patient himself, but also for others. It is not for nothing that children between four and seven years old are most often infected. The virus spreads through toys, clothes that they wear without washing them, towels and swimming rings used in swimming pools. The warts are contagious at the moment they open. The opening of the warts usually occurs because the patient scratches them open, but they can also burst open spontaneously. The content that is released is infected with the virus.
Contamination takes place via toys or towels and via the swimming pool (swimming rings). Skin-to skin contact also causes contamination. In addition, contamination can also occur via sexual traffic. People who shave their pubic hair are also more likely to get water warts. Shaving makes the skin vulnerable. More than 94 percent of patients with water warts around their genitals have shaved or waxed pubic hair.
Adult and child with water warts
Children are most likely to have water warts, but adults can also contract them. An adult person often receives them from a child that is infected, but also through sexual traffic. Especially adults find water warts annoying when they are visible to others. Children seem to mind less. When water warts are removed, this is usually done for cosmetic reasons, rarely because the warts cause complaints.
Inflamed and cracked water warts
Water warts that have been scratched open cause a high risk of contamination. The open scratching creates wounds in which bacteria easily penetrate. When this happens, an inflammation occurs. Open-clawed water warts must therefore be disinfected. Small water warts can be touched twice a day with betadine ointment or a betadine solution. Covering with a patch prevents further spread of the virus. A group of open-clawed or inflamed warts can best be treated with a betadine soap or scrub. This allows the affected skin to be washed. Then the place can be covered with a gauze.
Water warts are only removed in severe cases. This can be done by the doctor by spotting with liquid nitrogen, spouting the warts or by spotting with a tincture containing vitamin A acid. Leave this treatment to the GP and do not remove water warts yourself. The chance of infection is then great. It is important to know that water warts always disappear again, even without treatment. This can sometimes take some time, but the condition is innocent.
To prevent contamination, it is important to pay close attention when one of the family members has water warts. Do not share washcloths and towels with this person. Make sure there is no skin on skin contact when the warts are open. Always wash hands thoroughly. Clean toys well when an infected child has played with them. Preferably cover the water warts to prevent further spreading. Children who scratch the warts take the infection through the fingernails to other areas of the body or transmit the infection to other children. Letting the hands wash well is also a recommendation. A disinfectant soap is definitely recommended. Water warts are very contagious but fortunately an innocent infection, except when they become inflamed.