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Health Tip: When Warts May Be Serious

-- Warts are small bumps, caused by a virus, that develop on the skin. While they're generally not cause for concern, some symptoms indicate that a doctor should examine a wart.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says you should seek a physician's advice if:

  • The wart bleeds, leaks discharge or pus, has red streaks, or you have a fever.
  • You want to have the wart removed and it's not going away.
  • The wart causes pain.
  • The wart appears on the genitals or anus.
  • Your immune system is weakened by HIV, or you're diabetic.
  • The wart changes in appearance or color.
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Posted: September 2010