Wart viruses live within the skin cells, and turn on the the replication mechanism of the cells in order to reproduce themselves. Warts are not an entirely infectious phenomenon, but rather an opportunistic development. When the natural state of the surface of the skin — the dead layer, so-called the stratum corneum — is altered, or if there is an alteration or an aberration of the immune cells that home within the skin, warts take the opportunity, and develop. Prolonged exposure to sweat, water, or cleaners that dissolve away the fatty and protein molecules that make up our skin are the most common factors that promote development of warts.
At Brentwood Dermatology, Dr. Silvers takes a history about skin care and exposure to chemicals that could promote the development of warts, and then, chooses a treatment option from a wide array of treatment options.