Common warts are small growths on your skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are generally harmless and painless and often disappear within 2 years without treatment. While they are often found on the hands, fingers, knees and elbows they can grow anywhere on the body and are more common in children.
Most warts are raised, round or oval growths that are rough to the touch. They can be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin and may have small black spots throughout. Flat warts are usually found on the face and forehead. Warts often grow where there was a cut or scratch that allowed the HPV virus to enter. You can pick up the HPV virus from towels or surfaces used by someone with a wart.
You can spread warts on your body. For example, if you have a wart on your finger and touch other areas of your body where you have a cut or scratch, the virus can be transmitted to the area you touched and new warts can appear.
While most warts will disappear on their own and a...
Alternative Names Plane juvenile warts; Periungual warts; Subungual warts; Plantar warts; Verruca; Verrucae planae juveniles; Filiform warts; Verruca vulgaris Prevention Avoid direct skin contact with a wart on someone else.
After filing your wart, wash the file carefully since you can spread the virus to other parts of your body.
After touching any of your warts, wash your hands carefully. References Warts, herpes simplex, and other viral infections. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 12. Gibbs S, et al. Topical treatments for cutaneous warts. Cochrane Database Syst Rev . 2006;(3):CD001781.
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