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What Are Warts?

Warts are raised bumps on your skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts typically appear on your hands or feet,  but can be found on other parts of your body.

There are strains of HPV that can cause warts on, in, and around your genitals, often referred to as “genital warts“.

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Types of Warts

  • Common warts typically grow on your fingers and toes, but can appear elsewhere. They have a rough, grainy appearance and a rounded top.
  • Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet. Unlike other warts, plantar warts grow into your skin, not out of it. A plantar wart appears to be a small holes in the bottom of your foot that is surrounded by hardened skin.
  • Flat warts usually grow on the face, thighs, or arms. They are not immediately noticeable because they are small in size and have a flat top, as if they’ve been scraped. They can be pink, brownish, or slightly yellow.
  • Filiform warts grow around your mouth or nose and sometimes on your neck or under your chin. They are small and shaped like a tiny flap or tag of skin.
  • Periungual warts grow under and around the toenails and fingernails. These warts can affect nail growth.