Warts can be an aggravation; warts can be deadly. There are a number of issues surrounding this topic. All result in the common sense that preventing warts is the best method of dealing with them, and that if you do experience an outbreak it should be treated as promptly and thoroughly as possible. If warts reoccur, as they often do, that too should be addressed and dealt with.
Although it is far from being a minor consideration, on the lesser end of the scale is the fact that warts are an annoyance. For anyone who experiences an outbreak of warts, they can range from embarrassment to social stigma. For young people especially, having visible warts on the face, hands, feet, or other parts of the body can result in ridicule from one’s peers. Warts are unsightly. That point in itself is a good reason to try to avoid acquiring them, or to have them promptly treated if they do occur. Adults should not act as if a child’s or teenager’s warts are “no big deal,” for the distress they cause is very real.
Another factor about the serious nature of warts is that they are contagious. If a person has warts, it is unfair and irresponsible to put other people in the position of becoming infected. This irresponsibility shows when someone who has warts freely shares infected towels, washcloths, other clothing items, and especially shoes.
It is very unfair to not be concerned if the virus which causes warts is transmitted to other people. This point also holds true for those who knowingly have this contagious problem yet willingly pass it on to other people by such means as using public swimming areas, showers, locker rooms, etc., without taking proper precautions as wearing sandals or some other type of protective item which can guard against it being transmitted. People who do not have warts are then in the position of having to safeguard themselves against the risk of infection.
By far the worst and most serious issue about warts is irresponsibility with physical and sexual contact which can transmit genital warts. As this form of warts is considered to be a sexually-transmitted disease, directly linked to causing cancer, one’s personal conduct plays the largest role in the extent of one’s risk factors. Simply not engaging in a promiscuous lifestyle with multiple partners significantly reduces one’s risk of acquiring this form of warts.
As is evidenced by debates in recent news, this subject has become more a political issue than a medical issue. It would appear to be more common sense to safeguard children’s health by discouraging children against sexual activity instead of providing them with a vaccine which will make unrestricted sexual activity safer. Many who disagree with this viewpoint, however, consider it to be a matter of “forcing values” onto children. Not taking common sense into consideration has already led a number of youngsters to die of complications from this vaccine, primarily blood clots.