Warts are common, noncancerous skin growths that occur more often in children than adults. Warts can spread to other parts of the body and to other people. There are many different types of warts because of the many different papillomavirus types (more than 100). Warts aren't painful except when located on the feet. Most warts go away without treatment over time.
The human papillomavirus causes warts, and people can contract the virus by direct (touching others' warts or spreading your own) or indirect contact.
The most common types of warts along with their symptoms include:
Treatments for warts depend on the location, size, and how bothersome they are to the patient. Warts often disappear without treatment. For those that do require treatment, our specialists at UCLA Dermatology recommend:
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