Warts and Molluscum
Warts are common growths caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, which is present on many surfaces with which we come in contact. Frequent touching and picking of warts may cause them to spread. Although some people may have a natural resistance to warts, it is advisable to avoid direct contact with warts and to wear socks or sandals in places where others go barefoot.
Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin disease caused by a virus that spreads easily from person to person. While molluscum is most common in children, adults can contract it also.
Molluscum, which can appear anywhere on the skin as pink or flesh-colored bumps, spreads by skin-to-skin contact and by sharing towels and clothing. Wrestlers and gymnasts may get it from touching infected mats.