Signs and Symptoms
Small, hard, rough, raised growths that usually appear on the skin or on the hands and fingers.
Same hard growth as common warts but on the soles of the feet sometimes making, walking painful.
Thin, small bumps, round or flat, sometimes in groups, that appear on or near the genitals.
Group of up to several hundred small, flat growths, often found on the face, neck, chest, knees, hand, writs, or forearms.
Thin, threadlike growth that take root on the face or neck.
What to do now
1. If you donít mind your warts, relax; theyíre risk-free. If they bother you, you can probably get good results removing them at home. If youíre over 45 and a new wart appears, check with a doctor before trying home care.
2. The standard method for removing warts, when they are on the face or the genitals, is to use an over-the-counter wart remover (salicylic acid). It gently peels the surface of the wart away until the Bodyís immune forces can attack the virus lodged inside.
3. Plantar warts often extend below the surface of the skin; removal may require the help of a skin specialist. Using padded insoles in your shoes may reduce discomfort.
When to call a doctor
1. If you have a wart that does not respond to home treatment particularly if it bleeds or change color.
2. If you or your partner have genital warts, which can be contagious and also have been associated with cervical cancer in women.
3. If youíre over 45 and you find a new wart. You doctor will want to check it to make sure itís not skin cancer.
4. If you want a wart on your face removed, and you donít want to risk scarring.
How to prevent it
1. Donít scratch existing warts-it may cause them to spread.
2. Donít touch other peopleís warts.
3. When shaving, use an electric razor to avoid the small nicks and scratches that may give virus a point of entry.
4. When using public showers, wear sandals or other footwear.