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The Most Common Types of Warts


In America, a fairly large number of people of all ages have warts. Despite being harmless and common, there are many who wish to have those warts removed. However, before doing so, there are very few who actually take the time to examine and learn about the types of warts they have. While it may not change your decision, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the most common types of warts. There is a good chance that one of them may be the kind of warts that you have.


Common Warts

As previously mentioned, warts are common among individuals of all ages. Perhaps, that is why a number of warts are referred to as common warts.  Common warts are warts that typically appear on the hands and the fingers. They are rarely found alone – common warts tend to be in groups or in clusters. Like many other types of warts, these warts are often hard or have a rough or scratchy surface. One of the reasons why they are commonly found on the hands is because these warts tend to appear where there is broken skin. This broken skin is often common on the fingers, especially when nail biting is a habit.

Also, plain warts or flat warts are another common type of wart. Plain or flat warts tend to grow in large groups; however, unlike many other warts, they are not rough or hard to the touch. Instead, many appear as if they are relatively soft. It is not uncommon for shaving to be associated with flat or plain warts.

Plantar Warts

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are also another common type of wart. They are also found on individuals of all different ages.  While warts can appear on just about any part of the body, plantar warts are more common on the feet.  Their location is what causes some plantar warts to be unpleasant and painful. A plantar wart can appear as a single wart, but it is not uncommon to find them in groups. What is unique about these warts is how they grow. Most warts grow outwards; however, plantar warts, most likely because of their location, tend to grow inwards.

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Genital Warts

Although the above-mentioned warts are the most common types of warts, there is another type that is spreading across America. Those warts are known as genital warts. In addition to being known as a skin condition, genital warts are also known as a sexually transmitted infection (STI).  This is because these warts are most commonly spread through intercourse, even protected intercourse. In some cases, genital warts are more difficult to have removed, but like most other warts, it is possible.

Now that you may be able to determine which type of wart or warts you have, you may be able to decide on an appropriate course of action. Almost all warts can be removed at home, but it is advised that you seek professional advice. In fact, if you have genital warts, you are urged to see a healthcare professional – you may need to be prescribed medication. This medication may help to reduce the number of outbreaks you experience.