Warts are raised bumps on the skin, which are generally not dangerous but can be painful and embarrassing. There are a number of different types of wart, including:
These usually grow on your fingers and toes but can appear elsewhere. They have a rough, grainy appearance with a rounded top and are greyer than the surrounding skin.
These grow on the soles of the feet and unlike other warts, they grow into your skin instead of out of it.
These usually grow on the face, thighs or arms. They are very small so not immediately noticeable. They can be pink, brownish or slightly yellow and appear flat, as if they’ve been scraped.
These grow around the mouth or nose and sometimes on the neck and under the chin. They are small, skin-coloured and shaped like a tiny flap or tag of skin.
These grow under and around the toenails and fingernails. They can affect the nail and become painful.
Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus causes skin cells in the affected area to produce excess keratin (a skin protein).
You can prevent warts and keep them from spreading by washing your hands regularly (especially if you come onto contact with someone with warts). Don’t pick at warts - cover them with a bandage. Make sure you thoroughly dry your hands and feet and wear shower shoes such as flip flops when in public places like locker rooms or swimming pools.
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