Symptoms of Warts

A wart’s symptoms may depend on the type of wart. Some are raised and discolored, while others are flat and grow inward, causing discomfort. The types of warts and their symptoms include:

  • Common warts: These warts are round, rough-textured and yellowish or brown. They are usually found on the hands, but can spread to the face, especially in children.
  • Filiform warts: These fast-growing warts are long and thin, sometimes dangling from the skin of the face or neck.
  • Flat warts: These warts are small and smooth and form in clusters of as many as 100 warts on the face, hands and legs.
  • Genital warts: These warts are often tiny, flat or slightly raised lesions found on the genitals of both sexes. They may form clusters that take on a cauliflower-like shape.
  • Periungual warts: These warts resemble hard skin around the fingernails, often causing painful split skin.
  • Plantar (foot) warts: Found on plantar surface (sole) of the foot or palm of the hand, sometimes in clusters, these warts are flat and often painful.

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