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Skin Care and Diseases

Massage therapy

02/14/2006

Question:

Can someone still do massage therapy if they have a wart on their hand?

Answer:

Hello, Thank you for the question. Without seeing your "wart" I can not be sure that it is what you indeed have. Warts are caused by a virus. They are usually spread through breaks in the skin, and not everyone who comes into contact with the HPV virus will develop warts. They are especially contagious for people who have weakened immune systems. Sometimes warts go away on their own, however, in your specific case I recommend that you see a dermatologist to get your wart treated so that there is no chance that you can spread a wart to your clients. Thanks

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Response by:

Janine D Miller, MD Janine D Miller, MD
Formerly
Case Western Reserve University

Elma D Baron, MD Elma D Baron, MD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Director, Skin Study Center
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University