Skin Warts

Almost all warts come and go without causing any health problems.  Skin warts are infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).  This virus may infect any region of the skin, but are more likely to cause problems in regions that are moist and relatively warmer.  For instance, a wart may appear in the site of an injury, maybe on the feet or hands. Most warts, besides being harmless, do not cause any discomfort like pain or itchiness.  However, if they appear on the soles of the feet or in areas where they are subjected to pressure, then there is a certain amount of pain and discomfort.

Children and warts

Children are at more risk for being affected by warts than adults.  Children get warts by (a) using a towel used by a person who has warts, (b) biting fingernails that may be dirty, or (c) picking at hangnails because all these create open pores and increase risk for warts.  Warts can be transferred for one person to the other when

  • Towels of the person infected by warts are used by another person
  • When you touch the wart directly
  • Genital warts is very contagious and can be transferred to the partner during sex

Types of warts

  • Found on the heel called plantars
  • Found as a lone, lengthy stalk on the face (usually) called Filiform
  • Warts found on hands, legs, face and on other parts of the body called flat warts
  • Around the nail called periungual
  • On the back of fingers, knees and toes warts appear that are dome shaped


Most warts go away on their own while there are some others that need medical intervention.  When warts bleed and cause discomfort in friction they need to be treated.  Treatment can also prevent the warts from spreading to other regions of your body and to other people.

Wart removal

If you want the warts to be removed then it is important to get medical advice before proceeding.  By following incorrect procedures, there is every chance that complications may arise.

How to remove common warts

  • Apply salicylic acid on warts after having a bath and gently pat drying your skin.  Salicylic acid works effectively when you apply to damp skin.  After 24 hours, before your next shower, remove the acid on the warts by using an exfoliating agent like pumice stone or emery board
  • As of today, thanks to the internet
  • Apply liquid nitrogen on the wart so as to freeze it.  This process is called cryotherapy
  • Apply cantharidin on the regions of wart and secure with bandage.   and when you have a bath a day later, remove the bandage
  • The doctor can also burn the wart with laser treatment - though   the treatment may leave behind a scar


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