Say Goodbye to Common Warts

Common warts are small, grainy skin growths that often occur on your fingers or hands. Common warts are rough to the touch and often feature a pattern of tiny black dots, which are small, clotted blood vessels. Common warts are caused by a virus and are transmitted by touch, and it can take a wart as long as two to six months to develop after your skin has been exposed to the virus. Common warts are usually harmless and eventually disappear on their own, but many people choose to remove them because they find them bothersome or embarrassing. If you are interested in exploring your options for wart removal at Certified Dermatology, our team is here to help. Check out our locations page and reach out to the Certified Dermatology office that’s most convenient for you to set up your initial appointment today.

Understanding the Signs and Symptoms

Common warts usually occur on your fingers or hands and may be:

  • Small, fleshy, grainy bumps
  • Flesh-colored, white, pink, or tan
  • Rough to the touch
  • Sprinkled with small black pinpoints, which are clotted blood vessels
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When to Contact Certified Dermatology

See your doctor for common warts if:

  • The growths are painful
  • Your growths change in appearance or color
  • You’ve tried treating the 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 (this can indicate that your immune system is malfunctioning)

Causes of Common Warts

Common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus is quite common and has more than 150 types, but only a few cause warts on your hands. Some strains of HPV are acquired through sexual contact. Most forms, however, are spread by casual skin contact or through shared objects, such as towels or washcloths. The virus usually spreads through breaks in your skin, such as a hangnail or a scrape. Biting your nails also can cause warts to spread on your fingertips and around your nails. Each person’s immune system responds to the HPV virus differently, so not everyone who comes in contact with HPV develops warts.

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Am I at Risk?

People at higher risk of developing common warts include:

  • Children and young adults, because their bodies may not have built up immunity to the virus
  • People with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS or people who’ve had organ transplants
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