Warts are tumours or growths of the skin caused by infection with Human Papillomavirus (HPV).They are contagious when in contact with the skin of an infected person. It is also possible to get warts from using towels or other objects used by an infected person.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
I am a little confused. Could you please document any studies that you have that HPV is passed by towels or other objects of infected people. There has been no reference to this in any of the medical literature that I have read; furthermore it is directly refuted by HPV research scientists worldwide (and if it happened to be in one literature review it would not be accepted as fact by the medical community). HPV is a virus that most sexually active people will get and then it will resolve and many people do not even get symptoms—and some will be exposed and never get the virus. In your scenario “that towels and contact with any object” would transfer this virus goes completely against the skin to skin contact that is generally the accepted method of contact for this virus. If this were true more children would be infected by parents that had HPV, the general population would get it from toilet seats, and HPV would be rampant at all universities and most sports locker rooms and to my knowledge this is not correct. This is classified as a sexually based virus for a reason. I am happy to review any literature that you might have. But if you do not have this literature all you are doing is scaring people that they have one more thing to worry about—their family members. For most people it is hard to live with HPV until it clears whether they have symptoms either low risk or high risk or have been told they have been exposed to HPV. Your HPV and cervical cancer rates are much higher in India than it is in America. And water and good health care is a major problem in outlying areas and in your cities. Your comments may be based on your demographics but in an effort to be transparent, it would be better if you disclosed this as most of the people on this site see your MD & insignia and take your comments as fact. Most Americans are very low risk for dying from cancer (cervical or penile) or having HPV that does not resolve. Your conditions in India are different as the World Health Organization acknowledges. The US has approx. new 12,000 cervical cancer cases a year (mostly in women that have not had a pap in 5 years or more and in their late 40’s) and India has approx. 135,000 new cases. The US has approx. 4,000 deaths and India has approx. 75,000 deaths. Most women in India present to their Dr.’s or clinics in a late stage and thus the reason for the larger death rate.
Bad medical advice is worse than no advice at all. Your comments have a very clinical and non compassionate tone to people that are asking legitimate questions and are worried about their health and HPV. And please skip your last copy and pasted paragraph in every post, this is supposed to be a shared information forum and even the Dr.’s forum does not bore people with this information. Most know that advice over the internet is not the same as seeing a Doctor. I look forward to reading any information that you have.
As a physician your comments are dangerous when they are not accurate and scare people!