Common Warts

What Causes Warts?

Warts can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose warts, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "warts" as a symptom.  For example, weakened immune system.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
frequent infections
frequent colds/flus
prednisone use
cysts in breasts
chronic productive cough
previous transplant surgery
coated tongue
very slow recovery from colds/flu
tonsils/adenoids out after age 20
slightly elevated eosinophil count
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of warts.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Existing Skin Conditions section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about common warts:
Do you have warts anywhere on your body other than in the genital area? (Genital warts are covered elsewhere.)
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Probably/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Yes, one or two
→ Yes, more than two
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of common warts or having common warts, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Weakened Immune System.  The immune system creates antibodies to help destroy viruses that enter the body, such as HPV which causes warts.  A weakened immune system is less successful at preventing warts.
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