Symptoms and Signs of How to Remove Warts

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on How to Remove Warts

Warts are small benign skin tumors caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus.

The appearance and symptoms of warts can differ based on the type of wart and where it is located on the body. Common types of nongenital warts include common warts, plantar warts, and flat warts. Symptoms of common warts are typical development on the hand (especially around the nail), gray to flesh colored, raised from the skin surface, and covered with rough, hornlike projections. Plantar warts occur on the bottom of the foot, usually in high-pressure areas such as the heel and just behind the toes. Plantar warts usually grow into the skin, not outward like common warts, which makes plantar warts more difficult to treat. Flat warts are most commonly seen on the face and the back of the hands and usually appear as small individual bumps about ΒΌ inch across. Flat warts may spread rapidly on the face from activities such as shaving.

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