Warts

Also known as: verruca

What are warts?

Warts are round noncancerous, rough or smooth skin growths (one or more- they can grow in large numbers) that can appear on almost any part of the body. They are usually the same color as skin, but can be brown, or grayish in appearance.


What causes warts?

Warts are caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV), which invades the skin usually through a small scratch or cut (biting or picking at nails increase the risk). They are spread by child to child contact, sharing towels or toys or by coming into contact with something that has touched a wart. Some children get warts more often than others. It takes quite a long time for a wart to appear.


What are the sign/ symptoms of warts?

Warts are frequently found on the fingers and hands but palmar warts (on the palms) and plantar warts (under the feet) are common. In some cases, they can be painful, and interfere with sport activities if present on the hands or feet.


What are wart care options?

Warts will often disappear by themselves. There are many treatments options (none perfect), however after a number of home remedies (consult Nicklaus Children's Hospital Specialist Dermatologists), warts can be managed with chemical skin treatments, laser, freezing or surgery.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 7/7/2017 8:37:20 AM

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