It's true that everyone can get warts at some point in their lives, but there's no reason to keep them on our body. And removing them isn't as difficult as you might imagine - in fact, it will surprise you how easy it can be to make them disappear.
According to WebMD, a wart is "an infection in the top layer of skin, caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus, or HPV, family."
Warts are generally caused by coming in contact with a "wart-causing virus", carried by other people (not from toads or frogs). Sometimes, symptoms don't show up for months after you've come in contact with the virus.
Warts are usually round or oval, slightly darker than the skin and can even be black in some cases. They typically don't hurt, but can spread to other parts of your body.
Can they be prevented?
Of course! Here are a few ways you can avoid warts:
Avoid touching other people's warts
If you touch them, wash you hands carefully
Wear shoes and socks to prevent plantar warts (a painful type of wart)
If you have one, wash the area well to keep it from spreading
Remove warts as soon as possible
How do I remove them?
Healthy Holistic Living has some great ideas for at-home wart removal to try before visiting your doctor. Here are a few suggestions:
Apple cider vinegar
Take a cotton ball (one that's roughly the size of the wart) and soak it in apple cider vinegar. Next, squeeze out the excess vinegar and then tape the soaked-cotton to the wart with a Band-Aid or medical tape. Do this in the morning and before bed and the wart will be gone before you know it.
Removing warts with lemon juice is super simple. All you have to do is apply lemon juice once a day (twice for faster results), let it sit for about 20 minutes, then rinse it off. You can use the same cotton ball method described above if you want.