Why Facial Warts/ Filiform Warts Appear and How Are They Spread

behealthy January 24, 2013 0
Why Facial Warts/ Filiform Warts Appear and How Are They Spread

Facial warts usually have the habit of appearing out of nowhere. For many people the warts end up disappearing just after a few days. However this does not usually mean that the warts are gone, it is just that they cannot be seen at that particular time. Having facial warts has never been an easy time for anyone. Most people tend to feel embarrassed when they have them due to the unattractive nature of this skin condition.

Why are Warts Very Common on the Facial Area?

hpv virusFor a long time now, it has been believed that the root cause to the development of warts is closely related to the exposure of an individual to the human papillomavirus (HPV). Up to date scientist have been able to unearth over 200 different strains of HPV virus. They even have the ability to determine which type of wart will grow due to what type of strain.

Thankfully many of these warts have got no negative side effects on a person’s heath. Apart from giving the skin a somewhat unattractive look many of these warts will not pose any health threat to you.

Some of the warts that are very common are called filiform warts. They usually appear like a small stem growing out of the skin and are common on various areas of the skin. The warts can appear on the eyelid area or even on the lips; some people have also experienced these warts on the neck region. When warts appear on such areas they can be a source of embarrassment for many people. Filiform warts do not pose any health threat on a person but they are harder to get rid of compared with other types of warts.

How Are They Spread?

Filiform warts can be very contagious and can spread out more easily compared to other types of facial warts. However do not be alarmed and think that a wart will spread to the whole facial area just upon contact. The various strains of HPV will determine what type of wart will form and on which area of the skin.

shaving manWarts that appear on the face or legs are very easy accidental cuts; cutting can happen to both men and women when they are shaving around the affected areas. In such cases where the wart is cut it makes it very easy for it to spread to other areas of the skin. Make sure to be careful when shaving surfaces of the skin that have warts.

It is also possible for one to contract warts from another person that has them. This can happen for example when you share a towel with an infected individual who has warts. However, remember the different strains of HPV have specific areas where the warts can form, this means it is not necessarily that a wart from the finger will affect your face or transform into a filiform wart.

Here is a list of some different strains of the HPV virus and their associated wart types.

HPV condition and the associated wart type

  • Plantar wart is associated with HPV 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Common wart with HPV 1, 2, 3, 4, 26, 27, 29, 41 and 57
  • Flat wart with HPV 3, 10, 27, 28, 41 and 41
  • Genital wart HPV 6, 11, 30, 40 to 45, 51 and 54.


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