What are warts? Warts are painless growths that occur on the skin. There are five types of warts that can occur: common warts generally grow on the hands, however they can appear anywhere on the body. Plantar warts occur on the bottom of the feet and when you walk you might feel pain, like stepping on a pebble. Flat warts grow on the arms, legs or face. They are generally small. Filiform warts can grow around the nose, mouth or sides of the face. Periungual warts grow around and under the toenails and fingernails.
What Causes Warts?
Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that affects the top layer of the skin. Warts are easily spread through direct contact with another wart. If you have an open cut or sore, touch a wart, and then touch another part off your body, you can spread the virus that causes warts to your body. You can also infect another person, if you have warts, by sharing towels, razors, or other personal hygiene items. Warts are slow-growing, so it may be several months before you even notice that you have something happening to your skin.
Many warts do not require treatment and will go away on their own after a few months. However, if you have painful warts, warts that are spreading over your body or just do not like the way that they look, there are several treatment options. There is a home remedy using salicylic acid or duct tape wrapped around the wart that is thought to deprive the wart of oxygen and it will fall off. There are also treatments such as freezing off the wart, removing the wart with surgery, or getting medicine injected inside the wart.