Warts are caused by various types of the human papilloma virus, or HPV.  Wart Viruses like bacteria, fungus and other viruses are part of the environment and opportunisticly infect our skin.  They need a break in the skin, like a scrape, crack, scratch or a hangnail to enter the skin.  This is why they are found mainly in kids who are always getting cuts and scrapes, and in parts of the body that have high wear and tear like the hands, feet, knees and elbows.

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Types of Warts

Warts take on the characteristics of the skin they infect.

If a thick skinned area like your hand or foot, a wart in these areas will be thick and rough. If a wart infects the skin of the face or forearms or legs, for example, it may have a softer or smoother feel.  


Warts on the palms of the are known as palmar warts. These types of hand warts can be found in athletes, people who work with their hands, and in those who have very sweaty hands. Since there is a significant amount of nerves in the palm of the hand, palmar warts can be painful and disrupt regular use of the hands. Palmar warts tend to be thick and grow deep into the skin. Because of this, traditional efforts to remove them, like freezing and surgical removal are painful and should be avoided if possible.

People who engage in  “hand-intensive” activities, bite their nails, or pick at their nail beds, are especially susceptible to periungual warts, warts around and/or under the fingernail. Like palmar warts, periungal warts are challenging to treat with traditional methods. Periungal warts have the highest chances of spreading warts to other parts of your body.

Foot Warts

Foot warts can occur on the sole of the foot; these are called plantar warts. Much like the palm, the sole of the foot has thick skin, so the warts are usually thick and deep. Not only can warts on the foot be annoying, but they can be uncomfortable. Warts on the weight bearing parts of the foot, such as the ball of the foot or heel, can be especially painful. 

In addition to plantar warts, mosaic warts can also occur on the foot. They occur in clusters and can spread over a larger area but do not grow as deep as plantar warts.  Plantar warts can also be confused with corns and calluses. Plantar warts can affect anyone, but athletes, poeple who walk barefoot (gymnasts, wrestlers, yoga practitioners) and people who have very sweaty feet are at higher risk for plantar warts

Facial Warts

They are usually flat, but can also be finger- like projections called a filiform wart. The face is very sensitive and definitely a place you don’t want scarring from the wart treatment.  Any freezing or surgical removal must be carefully done by an experienced professional. It is also a place that patients want to get rid of their warts most because they are so visible.

Genital Warts

Warts in genital and perianal area are sexually transmitted and caused by certain strains of the HPV which typially cannot spread to non-genital areas  In females with genital warts and both females and males with perianal warts all need to bee seen by specialists because of the risk of HPV associated cancer.  Male genital warts (front side) and discussed more in depth in our genital wart sections and our prescription compounded medications are a great treatment option.  They can be treated effectively, with little pain, in the privacy of your own home.

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