Warts: Signs & Symptoms
Types of warts
There are a few different types of warts. The type is determined by where it grows on the body and what it looks like. The following describes the signs (what a person sees) and symptoms (what a person feels) for some of the different types of warts.
(also called vurruca vulgaris)
Common warts have these traits:
- Grow most often on the fingers, around the nails, and on the backs of the hands.
- Are more common where skin was broken, such as from biting fingernails or picking at hangnails.
- Can have black dots that look like seeds (often called “seed” warts).
- Most often feel like rough bumps.
(also called plantar warts)
Plantar warts have these traits:
- Grow most often on the soles (plantar surface) of the feet
- Can grow in clusters (mosaic warts)
- Often are flat or grow inward (walking creates pressure, which causes the warts to grow inward)
- Can hurt, feels like you have pebbles in your shoe
- Can have black dots
Flat warts have these traits:
- Can occur anywhere. Children usually get them on the face. Men get these most often in the beard area, and women tend to get them on their legs.
- Are smaller and smoother than other warts.
- Tend to grow in large numbers, 20 to 100 at a time.
Filiform warts have these traits:
- Looks like long threads or thin fingers that stick out
- Often grows on the face: around the mouth, eyes, and nose
- Often grow quickly