Types of Warts

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Types of Warts

Types of Warts- Warts are very common non-cancer skin growths, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV increases cell growth on the skin’s surface leading to raised, firm bumps. Although you often see warts on your hands and feet, they can occur anywhere on the skin. While all warts are caused by the HPV virus, different strains of this virus can lead to different types of warts. For example, HPV types  2 and 7 cause common warts, types 1, 2 and 4 cause plantar warts and types 3 and 10 often cause flat warts.


Types of  Warts

Common Warts

These growths are commonly found on the fingers, on the back of the hand, and on the feet. They may feel  rough and grainy, and sometimes appear grayer than the surrounding skin. Small wounds on the fingers or hands make these areas more likely to get warts.


Plantar Warts

If you feel as though you have a pebble in your shoe, you may have a plantar wart on the sole of your foot- usually on a weight-bearing area like the heel. These warts tend to grow deeper into the skin because of the pressure of walking and standing. They look like a small hole surrounded by rough, hardened skin. Mosaic warts are plantar warts that appear in thick clusters. These can easily be mistaken for calluses. Because plantar warts grow deep into the skin, they are more difficult to treat, and usually require multiple treatment sessions.


Flat Warts

Flat warts are smaller and smoother than common and plantar warts and usually grow in large numbers—up to 100 in some cases! They can be pink or brownish and tend to grow on the face or legs. Shaving can make these warts spread more quickly.


Filiform Warts

These spike-shaped warts resemble a tiny aloe plan. They grow very fast and are often on the face -around the eyes, nose and mouth. As with all warts, you should not touch or pick them so that they don’t spread.


Genital Warts

Genital warts appear in the pubic area, on the genitals or in/ around the anus. Early on, they may be small and difficult to see. They are skin colored or brown, bumps with a cauliflower appearance.


With all warts, early treatment is best. At this stage the warts are smaller, thinner and fewer in number.For more information, call 301-679-5772 or book an appointment online to schedule a consultation. Dr. Ife Rodney  is a board certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist and is an expert in wart, cyst and mole removal for all skin types. Eternal Dermatology is located in Howard county MD, and serves Columbia MD, Clarksville, Ellicott City, Laurel, Bowie, Silver Spring and surrounding areas.


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