What are Warts?

Warts are a common skin infection caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). They often occur in areas like the hands and feet and are most common in children and teenagers. In fact, some studies have shown that as many as 33% of children and teenagers will experience warts. Warts are much less common in adults. Warts are typically harmless and go away on their own, although they can be bothersome, especially in areas like the hands or fingers.

What Are the Symptoms of Warts?

Warts typically look like small, grainy growths that are raised or flat against the skin. They are usually rough to the touch. In some cases, they have tiny black points which are small blood vessels. Warts most commonly occur on areas like the knuckles, pads of the feet, or fingertips.


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What Causes Warts?

HPV is extremely common in some forms, and most people come into contact with it daily. Certain types of HPV cause warts. Warts are most commonly transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. They form when HPV enters through a tiny break or scratch in the skin. Warts can form over the course of 2-6 months after the virus enters. Contact with objects or materials that are likely to carry infection, such as clothes, utensils, and furniture may be an additional mode of transmission. Medical conditions such as eczema and immunosuppression may increase the risk of infection. For similar reasons, children and teenagers are more likely to experience warts.

Wart Treatment Options

If warts are bothersome, there are multiple treatment options available. There are topical options, surgical options, liquid nitrogen, and various other in office procedures in which these can be treated.


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Managing Warts

There may be slight restrictions after a wart removal procedure and our team will provide you with instructions. It’s essential to prevent warts by avoiding direct contact with warts (including your own) and avoiding picking at them – this can spread the virus to other areas. Additionally, don’t bite or pick at your fingernails or cuticles since this can leave breaks in the skin through which the virus can enter. Finally, practice good hygiene by regularly washing your hands and wearing footwear in public places like gyms or showers.

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Warts can easily be removed with the help of our certified dermatology provider. To schedule an appointment, call our Terre Haute, IN office, fill out our online contact form, or “Walk In Now.”


Ryan is State Licensed and Nationally Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP-C) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Additionally, he is board certified as a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) by the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board. He has 20+ years of Dermatology Experience.

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