What Causes Skin Warts Between The Legs? Symptoms & Treatment

Warts are tiny growths on the skin which are somewhat rough to touch. They are caused by the HPV, a virus transmitted via contact / touch. Children and young adults are more vulnerable, as are those who have a weak immune mechanism.

  • By and large, most warts are caused by the human papilloma virus, HPV.
    There are about 100 types of HPV, which cause warts on your hands, feet and other areas of the skin and mucus membranes.
  • Most types of the human papilloma virus are known to be not dangerous, whilst a few can cause serious diseases like cancer of the cervix.
  • Warts develop via direct skin contact with one who has warts. In case you have warts, you can spread the HPV to other parts of your own body.
  • If you indirectly touch something which has been in contact with someone’s wart, such as a napkin or exercise gear, the virus gets transmitted to you. Sharing napkins, towels, bedding or clothing allows for transmission of HPV and development of warts between the legs.
  • What’s more, sitting in a bathtub after an infected individual has used it leads to the development of warts.
  • HPV spreads via a breach in your skin, such as a cut, scrape, or hangnail. Biting your nails can also cause warts to develop.
  • Intimate physical contact with an infected individual; even any kind of genital contact leads to the formation of warts between the legs. HPV is transmitted between partners even if the infected partner does not have any warts on his skin during the time of contact, and in spite of wearing condoms.

Symptoms Of Warts Between The Legs

Commonly seen manifestations are:

  • The warts appear as tiny, fleshy, grainy bumps on the skin.
  • They may be white, pink, tan, flesh colored or brown.
  • They are rough to touch.
  • Have black pinpoints, which are clotted blood vessels.

Treatment Options For Warts Between The Legs

  • Most warts tend to go away without any treatment, although it may take 1 to 2 years and new ones may develop too. So, it’s always prudent to visit your health care provider / dermatologist to understand your case.
  • Your doctor will recommend an approach, based upon the location of your warts, the clinical picture and symptoms as well as your choices. The therapeutic techniques are used in combination with home treatments to bring about cure.
  • The commonest treatment option is salicylic acid. Wart drugs containing salicylic acid are beneficial; they work by getting rid of the layers of a wart a little bit at a time.
  • Freezing: Also, known as cryotherapy, is performed at a doctor’s office and consists of applying liquid nitrogen to the wart. Freezing causes a blister to form under and around the wart. Then, the dead, necrotic tissue sloughs off in about 10 days. You may need to repeat treatments to get rid of all the warts.
  • Bichloroacetic or trichloroacetic acid is another treatment option. Your doctor will shave off the surface of the wart and then apply the acid. Repeat treatments are required.
  • Laser treatment: This treatment burns or cauterizes the tiny blood vessels. The tissue dies and the wart falls off.