Symptoms of warts and verrucas

Wart symptoms can vary considerably depending on what kind of virus is causing the infection.

The most common symptoms of warts and verrucas are small skin growths that look like a cauliflower and are rough to the touch. Most warts are raised with a hard edge and a softer inner portion, but some warts appear flat and smooth. Warts are usually round or oval and average 1-10 mm in diameter. Warts and verrucas often appear lighter or darker than the surrounding skin, and the colour can range from white to brown-grey.

Sometimes small black dots can be seen in the center of the wart. These dots are tiny capillaries that supply the wart with blood and are typically a sign that the wart is about to disappear. Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can enter your body through tiny cuts or scratches. The incubation period for the infection can vary, taking anything from two to six months (or even years in extreme cases) for the symptoms of warts and verrucas to show. Although warts are usually harmless they can be embarrassing and cause emotional distress, especially for children and young adults. In some cases, they can also become painful.  

Wart on foot

Common signs of warts and verrucas

Common signs of warts and verrucas include changes in the area of the skin where you have been infected. Depending on which type of virus you have contracted you may experience some of the following symptoms: 

  • Common warts (Verruca vulgaris) are the most common wart type. They can appear singly or in groups anywhere on your body, but are most commonly seen on hands and feet. The common wart is a raised, dome-shaped growth on the skin that usually has a hard, uneven surface area.
  • Plantar warts (Verruca plana, known as verrucas) are warts on the soles of the feet. Pressure on the foot from walking and standing causes many verrucas to become flat or grow inward, and they can become quite painful. As the wart is pushed into the sole of the foot, thick, tough skin, similar to a callus, grows over it. Verrucas often grow in clusters, forming a mosaic.
  • Plane warts (Verruca pedis) are smaller, smoother warts that lie flatter on the skin. They can grow anywhere, but usually appear on the face, arms or legs. Plane warts can grow in large groups and often spread by shaving.
  • Subungual and periungual warts are rough, irregular warts that form underneath the toenails and fingernails. They start out small but can grow to the size of a pea and cause the nail to become loose and deformed.

Preventing warts

How do you get warts and what is the best way to prevent warts?

Removing warts

There are a number of different methods for removing your wart, what are the different options?

Treating warts and verrucas

Most warts disappear on their own within two years, but it is not unusual to have warts for several years. If your warts are unsightly or painful it is good to know that there are effective treatments. By treating your warts you can also prevent them from spreading to another part of your body, or to other people. New warts tend to be easier to remove than established ones, so the sooner you start treatment the better. Wart removal can usually be done at home with an over the counter treatment available in different forms. You can for example treat the wart with a formic acid solution, such as EndWarts PEN that dries out the wart. 

Endwarts PEN

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