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Warts: Types, Symptoms, and Treatment

30 September, 2020 Pooja Kumari

Raised bumps on your skin which are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) are known as warts. These bumps are small non-cancerous growths, the HPV virus triggers the extra cell growth which may make the outermost layer of the skin thick and hard at the particular spot. They can grow almost anywhere on your skin but there are more chances that warts may appear on your hands and feet. Warts are not so dangerous but they can be very much painful and looks ugly, potentially embarrassing, and contagious.

The appearance and the type of warts depend upon where it has occurred and what’s the thickness of the skin at that particular area. It occurs more in children and teenagers as compared to adults. It has been seen that 1 in 3 children and teenagers are affected while only 3 to 5% of the adults are estimated to have warts. Also, people who have a weak immune system are more likely to have warts.

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If not treated at time warts can invade the lower levels of your skin till deep. Sometimes few black spots like structure are visible on warts which are blood vessels and can result in bleeding. Most warts disappear without any treatment in 1 to 5 years. But treating it is a better option if your warts are large, numerous, or are at sensitive areas.

Types of Warts

Common Warts

They have a firm, raised, rough surface and may appear like cauliflower in structure. They may appear at almost anywhere in the body but the most common areas are fingers, elbows, knees, knuckles, or any other area with broken skin. Clotted blood vessels are often visible as small, black, and darkened spots in common warts which are sometimes called seed warts.

Plantar Warts

It generally appears on the soles of the feet, toes, and heels. They usually grow into the skin because the sole pushes the wart into the foot when we keep the foot on the ground. These make it difficult to treat this wart.

Plane Warts or Verruca Plana

These are round, flat, and smooth and can be yellowish, skin, or brown in color. Plane warts grow most often on sun-exposed areas. They grow in very large numbers such as 20 to 100. Compared to all types of warts these warts disappear without treatment.

Filiform Warts or Verruca Filiformis

These arts are thin and long in shape and can grow rapidly on the neck, eyelids, and armpits.

Mosaic Warts

They are multiple plantar warts in a large cluster and they do not contain pus until and unless they get infected. They are usually the same in color as of the skin. In case the infection occurs you may require treatment which may mostly include anti-biotics. order your anti-biotics from India’s best online medicines provider.

Signs and Symptoms According to Different Types of Warts

  • Shapes of warts which are similar to the structure of a dome and appears on the back of fingers, knees, and toes. Often these warts contain small black dots that represent clotted capillaries.
  • Warts on the sole which is known as plantar warts are similar in appearance to those warts which are found on palms.
  • Signs of flat warts are they will be large in numbers and arises mostly on the face and legs.
  • If the wart appears around or under the nail then it is a periungual wart.
  • Warts with single long stalk are filiform warts.
  • Warts that bleed are signs of traumatized warts and are also known as blood warts.

Possible Treatment of Warts

  • Cantharidin: Your dermatologist may treat wart by painting it with cantharidin. Cantharidin may cause blisters under your wart and in a week or so your dermatologist will clip away the wart from your skin.
  • Cryotherapy: Warts that appear in children and adults are mostly treated with cryotherapy and this treatment is not so painful. It may cause some side effects such as dark spots on the skin for those who are dark-skinned.
  • Electrosurgery and curettage: For common warts, filiform warts, and foot warts, this surgery is a good option. While curettage involves the procedure of scraping off warts from the skin with a knife or another sharp tool. Often both of these procedures proceed together.
  • Excision: The dermatologist may cut out warts.


Warts that are caused by the virus have no permanent cure which means that warts may reappear after some time and this may be on a new site or spot. Often it goes without treatment but anti-biotics are also used to minimize the effect of infection.