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Warts (Common Warts)

What are the symptoms and signs of the different types of warts?

  • There are familiar type of dome-shaped warts on the backs of fingers, toes, and knees. These warts often have small black dots on their surfaces, which represent multiple thrombosed (clotted) capillaries. These dots have been called "seed warts."
  • Plantar warts are found on the sole (plantar surface) of the foot (not to be mislabeled as a planter's wart). Similar in appearance are warts on the palms (palmar warts). Small warts growing in clusters on the plantar surface of the foot have been called mosaic warts.
  • Flat ("plane") warts may arise on the face, legs, and other parts of the body, often in large numbers.
  • Periungual warts are warts around or under the nail.
  • Filiform warts have a single long stalk, often on the face.
  • Most warts have a rough surface, as well as a number of black pinpoint spots that represent small clotted capillaries.
  • Traumatized warts occasionally bleed and have been called blood warts.

Reviewed on 7/24/2017

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