Warts are contagious, but you can take precautions to prevent spreading warts to others around you. Direct contact with the growth can pass the virus to other people and even other surfaces. Footwear, towels, and moist floors have a particularly high risk for contamination. To avoid spreading the virus, don’t brush, shave, or clip the growth. Throw out or sterilize any nail files or other tools you use on the bump, and don’t share them with other people. Don’t sand the mass with a pumice stone and then use the same tool on other parts of your foot; this may spread the virus to other areas of your own limbs.
Keep the growth covered as much as you can, and wash your hands after touching it. Avoid walking barefoot—particularly in public places like bathrooms or locker rooms. Don’t share your footwear with others, either, so they are less like to be exposed to your wart. Let our Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. staff help you eliminate your skin bumps. You can make an appointment with us through our website, or by calling us: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford location, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office.