Wart-Removal Specialists for Volusia and Flagler Counties
A wart is generally a small, rough growth, typically on hands or feet but often other locations. It can resemble a cauliflower or a solid blister. Warts are caused by a viral infection, specifically the human papillomavirus. There are as many as 80 varieties of warts, the most common are considered to be harmless, but some can cause cancer. It is possible to get warts from others; they are contagious and usually enter the body in an area of broken skin. They typically disappear after a few months but can last for years and can recur.
A range of types of warts have been identified, varying in shape and site affected, as well as the type of human papillomavirus involved.
- Common Wart (Verruca Vulgaris) – A raised wart with roughened surface, most common on hands, but can grow anywhere on the body.
- Flat Wart (Verruca Plana) – A small, smooth flattened wart, flesh-colored, which can occur in large numbers; most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists, and knees.
- Filiform or Digitate Wart – A thread or finger-like wart, most common on the face, especially near the eyelids and lips.
- Genital Wart (Venereal Wart, Condyloma Acuminatum, Verruca Acuminata) – A wart that occurs on the genitalia.
- Periungual Wart – A cauliflower-like cluster of warts that occurs around the nails.
- Plantar Wart (Verruca, Verruca Plantaris) – A hard sometimes painful lump, often with multiple black specks in the center; usually only found on pressure points on the soles of the feet.
Warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV). There are about 130 known types of human papilloma viruses. HPV infects the squamous epithelium, usually of the skin or genitals, but each HPV type is typically only able to infect a few specific areas on the body.