Warts: Symptoms, Causes And Treatment

Raised bumps on your skin are called warts. Check out the symptoms, causes and treatment for the same. 

Navya Kharbanda
Written by: Navya KharbandaUpdated at: Oct 26, 2020 20:26 IST
Warts: Symptoms, Causes And Treatment

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Have you ever noticed raised bumps on your skin? These are called warts and are quite common. Children and elderly have a higher chance of getting a wart on their skin due to weak immune system. The appearance and disappearance of a wart totally depends upon the causes and types. These small growths can make you feel ugly, uncomfortable and awkward.

Sometimes it grows one at a time, but can be a hundred in one area too. Verruca is the medical term for a warts. You should not even touch your own part as it can grow on another location of your skin. There is no actual home treatment to get rid of them but you can try ways to lower the chances of getting and spreading warts. In this article, you will get to know about the type, causes, symptoms and treatment of warts.

Types of warts

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Differently looking warts grow on distinct parts of your body. There are mainly 5 types of warts that can develop on your skin. Warts grow on your toes, chin, mouth etc and vary from being skin,pink, brown and gray coloured. Listed down below are the types of warts: 

  • Common warts 
  • Flat warts
  • Periungual warts
  • Filiform warts
  • Plantar warts 

Warts symptoms 

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Warts are not dangerous for your skin but are contagious, ugly and can be painful too. It is self diagnosable and is easy to identify. It can grow on any part of your body but the most common areas are hands and feet. These are some signs of warts: 

  • Small growths or bumps on skin
  • Flesh or gray coloured small flats
  • Itching on bump
  • Bleeding bump
  • Pus in the growth 

Warts causes 

Warts can grow on your skin due to several reasons. Warts are caused by a virus known as Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Basically, this virus is present on human skin the naturally. But, a person gets prone to higher risk of getting it due to weak immune system. Here are some most causes of warts: 

• Even a simple cut on your skin can acquire a wart

• Walking barefoot

• Sexual contact 

• Breaks in skin is also a factor behind the spread

• Biting nails can spread the warts on your skin

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How to treat warts? 

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Warts disappear on their own most of the times. However, you should surely see a doctor if the wart is painful, bleeding, infectious or growing on your face and genitals. In fact, take medical advice if a wart grows and you are already suffering from diabetes or immune deficiency. And, do not try to remove the warts by your hands or by home treatments as it can induce infections. They are contagious so try and have less skin contact with it. Keep them dry or cover with a bandage to avoid touching. If your wart does not disappear on its own, you can also try prescribed products available at the drugstore. 

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