Warts are the dermatology condition that most people don’t talk about. These small, rough growths that are caused by viruses can show up anywhere on the body and affect people of all ages.
The most common types of warts are:
- Common warts, also called verruca vulgaris. These warts have a raised, rough surface. They occur on the hands most frequently, but can occur anywhere on the body.
- Flat warts are small, and as their name indicates, flat and smooth. They can appear in clusters, and are most often seen on the face, legs and areas that are shaved regularly.
- Plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet, especially on pressure points like the ball of the foot or the heel. These warts show up as hard, sometimes painful lumps, under the skin’s surface and in clusters about the size of a quarter.
Warts are contagious and are spread when a virus enters the body through broken skin. Because they can spread from person to person, it’s a good idea to treat warts immediately.