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Common Wart

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is a common wart?

A common wart is a thick, rough, skin growth caused by human papillomavirus virus (HPV). HPV spreads by skin-to-skin contact or contact with contaminated surfaces. Common warts are benign (not cancer).

What increases my risk for a common wart?

Common warts occur more often in children and young adults. You may get warts if you touch someone else's wart or objects that someone with a wart has touched. The following may increase your risk for a common wart:

What are the signs and symptoms of a common wart?

Common warts may form anywhere on your body, but are most common on hands, fingers, knees, feet, and elbows. You may have any of the following:

How is a common wart treated?

Your healthcare provider may treat your wart based on the size, location, and number of warts you have. Some warts go away on their own without treatment. Some warts return after treatment. You may need any of the following:

When should I call my doctor?

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