Tips for Preventing Warts
No matter how well you take care of your skin, there is unfortunately no foolproof way to avoid getting warts. There are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting or spreading them.
Here’s how you can reduce your risk of getting warts:
- Avoid biting and chewing fingernails and cuticles. This can predispose skin to infection.
- Wash hands often (reiterate the importance of this to children).
- Moisturize – especially dry, cracked skin.
- Always wear sandals or flip flops in public showers, locker rooms and pools to prevent plantar warts.
- Clean cuts and scratches thoroughly with soap and water since they are susceptible to warts and other infections.
- Never share razors, towels or socks with others. Even if no wart is visible, they may still carry the virus.
- Keep your hands and feet dry and wear extra absorbent socks if you sweat a lot.
- Avoid touching other people’s warts.
Avoid spreading warts:
- Don’t rub or scratch your wart.
- Keep the wart covered with a bandage, tape, etc.
- Never brush, comb, shave or clip areas with warts.
- Wash your hands immediately after touching your wart.
- If the wart is on your hand, wear gloves at the gym so you don’t spread it.
No matter how hard you try, you’re bound to get a wart at one time or another. But don’t worry, Compound W® is available so you can treat warts at home and get back to looking and feeling great.
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