Verruca vulgaris is the common wart. They are caused by infection with human papillomavirus. Such warts can develop anywhere on the skin and frequently appear on the cuticle (the skin at the base of the nail) and sometimes the area beneath the nail. Nail-biting can spread this infection.
Common warts usually occur on your fingers or hands and on the feet, maybe:
- Small, fleshy, grainy bumps
- Flesh-colored, white, pink or tan
- Rough to the touch
- Sprinkled with black pinpoints, which are small, clotted blood vessels
When to see a doctor
See your doctor for common warts if:
- The growths are painful or change in appearance or color.
- You've tried treating warts, but they persist, spread or recur.
- The growths are bothersome and interfere with activities.
- You aren't sure whether the growths are warts
- You are an adult and numerous warts begin to appear, which may indicate the immune system is malfunctioning.
How to treat warts
Freezing (cryotherapy) is the recommended treatment. Freezing therapy done at a doctor's office involves applying liquid nitrogen to your wart. Freezing works by causing a blister to form under and around your wart. Then, the dead tissue sloughs off within a week or so. This method may also stimulate your immune system to fight viral warts. You'll likely need repeat treatments.
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