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:
recent transplant surgery
recent productive cough
cysts in breasts
tonsils/adenoids out before age 20
highly elevated eosinophil count
very slow recovery from colds/flu
... 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
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.)
→ 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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