Warts are found as a single lesion or in a group and are a very common skin condition we see each day. Most often found in children, they generally appear on the hands, feet, or arms.
Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and spread by contact. The HPV virus enters through an open wound to the skin causing the cells in that area to start rapidly reproducing. A majority of people who come into contact with HPV never develop warts, and growths can be delayed for up to 12 months after the virus infects the skin.
It is common to contract warts at gyms, hotels, swimming pools, friends, and other family members. One of the best ways to prevent warts is to always wear shoes or sandals when visiting public places, especially pools and spas. Many young children contract warts at school or during after-school sports activities.
- Common Warts
are typically found in clusters on the hands. They are also referred to as Verruca Vulgaris in medical dermatology.
- Flat warts
are smaller and appear on the face or legs. As they are smaller and flat, they can be more difficult to see and diagnose by the untrained eye.
- Plantar warts
can be found on the soles of the feet. Plantar warts are known to be painful due to the pressure of body weight.
Topical medication or freezing are two of the most common and effective forms of treatment. Often requiring more than one treatment to the site, appointments for wart treatments can be shorter than regular medical office visit appointments. Should you require a more aggressive form of treatment other than topical or freezing therapies, surgical removal is also an option.