Common warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus causes a rapid growth of cells on the outer layer of your skin.
Common warts are different from moles, and they aren’t cancerous. In fact, they’re usually harmless and often disappear on their own. But you may find common warts bothersome or embarrassing, and you may want treatment to remove them.
Usually common warts grow on your hands or fingers. Treatment helps prevent common warts from spreading to other parts of your body or to other people. But common warts may recur after treatment, and they may be a persistent problem.
Common warts are:
- Small, fleshy, grainy bumps
- Flesh-colored, white, pink or tan
- Rough to the touch
Common warts usually occur:
- On your hands
- On your fingers
- Near your fingernails
Warts may occur singly or in multiples. They may bleed if picked or cut and often contain one or more tiny black dots, which are sometimes called wart “seeds” but are actually small, clotted blood vessels. Common warts are usually painless. Young adults and children appear to be affected most often.
Other locations for warts
Other types of HPV tend to cause warts in other places: Continue reading Common warts, symptoms, causes, treatment, Prevention