Warts are a viral infection of the top skin layers. The virus is known as a HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and is spread by coming into contact with skin cells infected with the virus. Don’t touch, scratch or pick at a wart as this causes infected skin cells to be deposited under your fingernail and easily transferred to yourself or people you may come in contact with. Protect the wart with a dressing when in communal areas like showers or swimming pools, as the wart infected skin can be easily shed and picked up by an unsuspecting person. Don’t share shoes or socks as infected skin cells may be present. Have the wart promptly treated to reduce exposure to yourself and others. At Doubleview Podiatry we recommend all warts are treated with the Swift microwave, the most effective treatment we have encountered. With no down time after treatment, no need for fiddly dressings and a very high success rate, the Swift microwave clearly out performs all other treatment options.