What Are Common Warts?

Common warts are non-cancerous skin growths that can be found in any part of the body, more commonly on the hands and fingers. Common warts are generally harmless and may disappear on their own. They can also be a persistent problem for some people that might require removal treatment.

Causes of common warts

Common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. There are over a hundred types of the said virus, with some of them able to induce rapid growth on the outer skin layer. Different people and their immune systems tend to react differently to different types of HPV. Some can cause warts on the fingers and hands while others can cause warts to grow on other parts of the body.

Symptoms of common warts

Common warts do not cause pain or present any other symptom aside from their physical characteristics. Warts can be small, fleshy and grainy bumps in the skin that may grow in certain spots of the body or can multiply in clusters. They can grow in the skin surrounding fingernails or in the hands. They can also grow in the soles of the feet as well as the legs and the face area.

How to prevent common warts?

Prevention of common warts focuses on limiting its spread. Avoid using objects that has come into contact with wart areas on other parts of the body. Avoid picking on warts since they can spread easily to other parts of the body through the hands. Practice washing your hands especially after touching common warts. Avoid letting other people use personal things to avoid spreading warts to others.

How to treat common warts?

Common warts usually do not require treatment other than for cosmetic purposes. As some warts may become unsightly, people would want to have them removed and to prevent them from spreading. Home treatments such as using salicylic acid may help get rid of common warts. For more serious cases that home treatments can’t resolve, other possible means to remove them include freezing or cryotherapy, minor surgery and laser surgery.