Generally speaking, a wart is a small, rough tumor that typically appears on the hands or feet and can resemble a solid blister or a cauliflower. Usually painless and harmless, warts are a common affliction and typically disappear after a few months, but can last for years and also recur. If this is the case, your family doctor can send a referral to our clinic for ongoing care and treatment.
Types of warts include:
- Common warts, usually found on fingers, hands, knees and elbows
- Flat warts, which can appear in clusters
- Plantar warts, found on the bottom of the foot
- Filiform warts, which often grow on or around the mouth, eyes or nose, and have a finger-like shape.
Warts are a viral infection of the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are transmitted from contact with persons or objects/floors that have been in contact with wart virus. Warts are often persistent and can require weeks of treatment before resolution.