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Warts (Common Warts)

Wart facts

  • Warts are small, self-limited benign tumors caused by one of over 100 types of human papillomaviruses (HPV).
  • The clinical appearance of warts include common warts, flat warts, plantar warts, periungual warts, filiform warts, and genital warts.
  • Warts typically disappear spontaneously, but it may take years.
  • Warts respond variably to a variety of treatment measures.
  • Over-the-counter treatments for warts include salicylic acid preparations and freezing kits.
  • Warts may recur following treatment.
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Reviewed on 7/24/2017

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