Hair Transplant Warts
Common Wart
A common wart

Types of warts

  • Common warts
    These warts usually grow on the fingers and toes, backs of the hands, knees and around the nails. They are most common where the skin has been broken. They generally look like a rough "warty" bump and may have a tiny black dot in the middle of each scaly spot.
  • Plane warts
    These warts are smaller and smoother and tend to grow in large numbers, ranging from 20-100 at any one time. In children they are most common on the face, while in adults, they are often found in the beard area in men and on the legs in women. Shaving may lead to the spread of these warts.
  • Plantar warts
    These are warts that grow on the soles (plantar area) of the feet and can often be flattened and pushed into the skin due to the pressure of walking. This can be painful, and feel like an uncomfortable stone in your shoe.

How to treat warts?

Sometimes warts do not need to be treated. In children, 30-50% of common warts disappear within six months without any treatment. However, warts that are bothersome, painful or rapidly multiplying should be treated. In adults, warts also do not disappear as easily as they do in children.

Various treatment methods are available at SkinCentral:

  • Topical solution containing salicylic acid and lactic acid
  • Immunotherapy with topical imiquimod 5% solution
  • Cryotherapy (freezing) with liquid nitrogen
  • Laser therapy
  • Injections of anti-cancerous drug, bleomycin, into the wart

Warts can be very stubborn to remove so you may need to try different treatment methods.