- small lumps that often develop on the skin of the hands and feet.
- caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)
- common warts
- planar warts
- filiform warts
- Periungual warts
- mosaic warts
- warts on your face or another sensitive part of your body
- bleeding or signs of infection, such as pus or scabbing, around a wart
- wart is painful
- the color of the wart changes
- you have warts and diabetes or an immune deficiency, such as HIV/AIDS
- scratch, knock or bite a wart
- bite your nails or suck your fingers (if they have warts on them)
- shave your face or legs
- spreading virus
- Children and young adults
- People with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS or people who’ve had organ transplants
- Examining the wart
- Scraping off the top layer of the wart to check for signs of dark, pinpoint dots — clotted blood vessels — which are common with warts
- Removing a small section of the wart (shave biopsy) and sending it to a laboratory for analysis
- laser therapy
- peeling medicines
- duct tape
- chemical therapy
- salicylic acid
- bichloroacetic or trichloroacetic acid
- Wash your hands regularly, especially if you have been in contact with someone with warts.
- Don’t pick at your warts.
- Cover warts with a bandage.
- Keep your hands and feet dry.
- Wear shower shoes (flip-flops) when in a locker room or communal bathing facility
- Avoid direct contact with warts. This includes your own warts
- Don’t use the same emery board, pumice stone or nail clipper on your warts
- Don’t bite your fingernails