What are the different types of warts?

Susan Evans
There are different kinds of warts to consider:

• Common warts. Usually found on fingers, hands, knees, and elbows, a common wart is a small, hard bump that's dome-shaped and usually grayish-brown. It has a rough surface that may look like the head of a cauliflower, with black dots inside.

• Flat warts. These are about the size of a pinhead, are smoother than other kinds of warts, and have flat tops. Flat warts may be pink, light brown, or yellow. Most kids who get flat warts have them on their faces, but they can also grow on arms, knees, or hands and can appear in clusters.

• Plantar warts. Found on the bottom of the foot, plantar warts can be very uncomfortable — like walking on a small stone.

• Filliform warts. These have a finger-like shape, are usually flesh-colored, and often grow on or around the mouth, eyes, or nose.

• Genital warts are usually found on the genitals, in the pubic area, and in the area between the thighs, but they can also appear inside the vagina and anal canal.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There are several types of warts, typically distinguished by where they form and which type of Human Papillomavirus infects the skin. Most warts are known as common warts, and form on the hand and fingers. Flat warts form on the face and legs where shaving irritates the skin. Plantar warts form on the bottom of the feet, and can be painful during walking. Finally, genital warts form on the genitals.

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