Warts are harmless skin growths caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). They can grow on any part of the body, including the face, hand, finger and foot. While common and typically harmless, warts can be inconvenient, embarrassing and even painful. For instance, warts on the sole of the foot (called plantar warts) grow inward from the pressure of standing and walking, and are often painful.
Warts are also contagious and can be transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. People with a weaker immune system are more prone to contracting warts through the HPV virus. Signs and symptoms of warts include:
Warts are generally harmless and usually go away on their own. However, if the condition persists and if you experience any of the following complications, you should seek treatment from an experienced dermatologist:
Treatment for warts aim to remove them to prevent spreading and recurrence.
A combination of these treatments can also be done to prevent warts from recurring.