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What is the scientific name for warts?

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Verruca is the medical word for wart, and this word comes from Latin. Verruca vulgaris refers to a common wart. Warts are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus or HPV.

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Plantar warts are located on the sole of the foot. Warts located on the genitals are called venereal warts and are transmitted by sexual contact.

Warts can grow on any part of the body and generally go away within months or years without treatment.

The virus usually enters the body in an area of broken skin and causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly, forming the wart.

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    Does nail polish get rid of warts?

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    A person can use clear nail polish to inhibit the development of the virus, thus removing the wart, as stated by WebMD. However, this method is not effective as the use of a placebo in the treatment of warts.

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    What are the causes of seeds on warts?

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    Blood vessels growing into the wart give the wart black dots, which some people call "seed" warts, explains WebMD. These dots show the introduction of blood into the wart.

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    What are plantar warts?

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    A plantar wart is a solid, firm growth with a grainy texture caused by the human papillomavirus that commonly develops on the bottom of the foot, according to Mayo Clinic. The warts develop when the virus enters the skin of the foot through broken skin or cuts.

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    How do you remove seed warts?

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    To remove a seed wart, place a small piece of duct tape over the wart, and leave it on for six days. Remove the tape, soak the wart in water and use an emory board or pumice stone to carefully debride it. This treatment is not always effective, notes WebMD.

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