A recent sweeping study conducted by multiple universities in Egypt has helped to shed light on risk factors for children and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Over 1,800 middle-school aged children throughout the country were selected to participate in the study with an over 98% participation rate.
Warts Are An Equal-Opportunity Offender
The findings concluded that both males and females were equally at risk of contracting HPV and warts on their hands.
Just over 2% of both males and females had visible warts on their hands. While this is a relatively small percentage of the total population, it is a significant number of total children who suffer from this form of skin condition.
It makes sense that there is no difference in the distribution of warts between males and females since warts are caused by a virus, which can be contracted just as easily by either sex.
Some Factors Increase The Risk Of Warts On Hands
Two interesting factors that led to a higher percentage of cases were socioeconomic status and family size.
Children from poorer families had a higher probability of warts on their hands while those from middle class and wealthier families had relatively few cases.
Also, children from larger families showed greater risk of having common warts than those living in smaller households.
These two stats are most likely the result of the HPV’s ability to spread when children do not practice proper hygiene and they are in more frequent contact with others.
2 Things Worth Taking Away
We cannot over-emphasize the necessity of regular hand-washing and good general hygiene. Human Papilloma Virus, which causes the common wart, is easily spread through cuts, sexual contact, and bodily fluids. Therefore, make it a practice to bathe or shower at least once a day and keep your hands clean by using an antibacterial soap.
Life is all about relationships, but be aware that it is through contact with others that HPV is spread. Don’t limit your time with other people, but be aware of when you shake hands or are generally close to others and wash accordingly.
There’s no need to be a germ freak, but with minimal consideration, you can keep yourself free from these frustrating and embarrassing warts on your hands and elsewhere.