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All Warts are Not the Same

All warts are not the same – we look at different types of warts

If you’ve ever found a wart lurking between your fingers, or on the soft skin of your fingertips, you’ll know how unsightly those little rough lumps of scaly skin can be.

But did you know that there are five different types of warts? – Plus: Get rid of all types of warts

Common warts

The most common kind of warts are unsurprisingly called ‘common warts’ or verruca vulgaris. They’re usually firm and raised with a rough surface and the typical cauliflower appearance, and thickened bumps called papules or plaques. While they can appear on any part of the body, they’re usually found on the knuckles or fingers of the hands, on the elbows or knees. If you were to study one of these warts you’d see that they’re dotted with tiny dark spots of clotted blood vessels.

Verrucas (plantar warts)

Most of us have suffered with verrucas, usually as a result of a trip to the local swimming pool. While they are generally the same as the common warts which appear on our hands and other parts of our body, verrucas tend to grow into the skin rather than outwards. This is due to your weight pressing onto the sole of your foot, and can make the verrucas very painful. Verrucas generally appear as a hard, white area on the foot and usually have a black dot in the middle, which is the blood supply to the wart.

Plane warts (verruca plana)

These flat warts are most common amongst children, although it is possible for adults to develop them too. Usually found on the hands, legs and the face, they tend to be round, flat and smooth and can be yellow, brown or simply normal skin color.

Filiform warts (verruca filiformis)

One of the more unusual types of warts, filiform warts are long rather than round and instead of being found on the hands and feet, are found in unusual places such as armpits, the neck and even along your eyelids and nose.

Mosaic warts

While warts usually tend to appear as single growths, occasionally they grow grouped together in clusters. These are known as mosaic warts or, if they grow on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet, they’re given the name ‘palmar’ warts.

In a recent survey of 1000 school aged children with warts, 74% were found to have common warts, 24% were infected with verrucas, just 3.5% were suffering from a plane wart, with just a measly 2% being infected with the filiform type of wart.


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