Types of Warts

Common warts

The virus that causes warts can spread from the hands to the face through touch or nail biting.

Common warts have these characters:

  • Grow most often on the fingers, around the nails, and on the backs of the hands.
  • Are more common where skin was broken, such as from biting fingernails or picking at hangnails.
  • Can have black dots that look like seeds (often called "seed" warts).
  • Most often feel like rough bumps.

Flat warts

Flat warts have these traits:

Can occur anywhere. Children usually get them on the face. Men get these most often in the beard area, and women tend to get them on their legs.

Are smaller and smoother than other warts.

Tend to grow in large numbers — 20 to 100 at a time.

Filiform warts

Filiform warts have these Character:

  • Looks like long threads or thin fingers that stick out.
  • Often grows on the face: around the mouth, eyes, and nose.
  • Often grow quickly

Foot warts--Also called plantar warts

Plantar warts character:

  • Grow most often on the soles (plantar surface) of the feet.
  • Can grow in clusters (mosaic warts).
  • Often are flat or grow inward (walking creates pressure, which causes the warts to grow inward).
  • Can hurt, feels like you have pebbles in your shoe.
  • Can have black dots.

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