Warts are common skin growths caused by viruses. A wart can appear anywhere and generally appears as a small, rough growth on the skin.  The most common locations are the hands or feet but warts may also occur in other locations. Warts are caused by a virus, specifically the human papillomavirus. They are contagious and it is possible to spread warts to others. There are several types of warts:

Common warts typically present as rough, verrucous lesions on the hands.dcc-warts2

Flat warts appear as smooth, flattened lesions on the face, hands, wrists, knees, and legs.  They can occur in large numbers and spread easily if shaved over.

Genital warts are spread through sexual contact and can occur on the genitalia or groin area.

Periungual warts present as a cluster of warts that occur around the nails.

Plantar warts, which can be painful, present on pressure points on the toes or soles of the feet.

There are many effective treatments for warts, although response does vary depending on the type and location of the wart.  Salicylic acid and other topical preparations can be prescribed to help remove the surface of a wart. Often, more aggressive wart treatment with liquid nitrogen or injection of a substance to improve your bodies immune response to the wart is used.

 

Please visit our patient education library to learn more about wart treatment options