Warts

Warts

A wart is a hardened, bumpy, or rough piece of skin that grows faster than normal. Warts are caused by infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). Most warts are harmless, but the virus that causes warts is contagious and can be spread by direct contact with others. Warts may develop anywhere on the body, including the bottom of the feet, the palm of the hands, fingers, and genitals. Warts are typically brown or flesh-colored, although genital warts may also appear pink or red. Also called: verruca vulgaris.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus is quite common and has more than 150 types, but only a few cause warts on your hands. Some strains of HPV are acquired through sexual contact.

These flesh-colored growths are most often on the backs of hands, the fingers, the skin around nails, and the feet. They’re small — from the size of a pinhead to a pea — and feel like rough, hard bumps. They may have black dots that look like seeds, which are tiny blood clots.

A wart is a skin growth caused by some types of the virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). … Most warts go away on their own within months or years. Warts can grow anywhere on the body, and there are different kinds. For example, common warts grow most often on the hands, but they can grow anywhere.