Important Facts to Know About Warts All over Your Body

By Emma Kalman | Dec 27, 2017
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NYC — It’s possible that you have experienced, at least once during your lifetime, what it is like to have a wart. They are not picky and can infect anyone who is susceptible.

They might not only appear on your feet or hands but can appear on any part of the body as all parts may be vulnerable to developing warts.

Sometimes, it can appear on different body parts at similar times and this makes it very irritating. Warts can appear in/on your throat, mouth, genitals, feet, legs, torso, arms, hands and face.

This leaves most people with many questions, such as how you can be affected, where it actually comes from and very important, how to treat them.

Different types of warts

Generally, warts aren’t all be the same. Typically, these also appear in different sizes and shapes on any part of the body.

The following are some of the types that you may see:

The common wart

They have defined rounded edges and commonly has a surface that is smooth. Most commonly, you might see these developing in your face, or on your legs, hands, and fingers.

Filiform Warts

This type can be identified by their fingerlike projections growing out of them. Typically, these are a flesh-color and tends to grow on/in the face.

A flat wart

Except for also having a flesh-color, these are mostly noted with an oval-shape. It ordinarily appears on the arms, legs, and face.

Genital warts

These are a unique type and only grows on/in the genitals, except, sometimes they may also grow in the mouth as they are transmitted through oral sex. Thus, they are normally spread by contact with another person sexually. Genital warts have the appearance of cauliflower with a bumpy surface and are seen mostly in clusters. Treating them is very hard because of the area where they grow being so sensitive. With these, it’s important to contact your doctor.

Plantar Warts

Typically, they are wide and flat, though very unique. These start like a normal looking wart on the foot, yet, with pressure and walking they can be pushed into the foot. This may cause them to spread wide and can be seen against the surface of your skin. Furthermore, it’s possible to see seed-like or black dots in them. These, however, actually are caused by vessels of coagulated blood.

What can cause warts?

The biggest culprit of most or all warts found on the body can be named as HPV. It’s a based DNA virus that cultivates in warm, moist places like pool decks, locker rooms, saunas, and showers. If the area is very public there is a higher risk of picking up the HPV virus.

More than a hundred HPV strains can be found out there, all of these different and they may all cause different kinds of warts. The ones for instance that cause plantar warts will be very different from those that cause warts which are common. Even though there isn’t any current cure for HPV, it’s treatable.

Also note that some warts that appear on your face may often spread onto other areas, such as your scalp or neck.

Treatments to get rid of warts on your body

Here are some different options you can choose from to treat these warts:

Salicylic acids

This is the method that is most common among all of them. Salicylic acid is very corrosive and applied to any living tissues will cause it to burn, thus, removing the wart slowly. It should be applied straight onto a wart and layer for layer the acid can assist to dissolve it. Salicylic acid products are available in different forms, like liquid and infused bandages etc.

Creams on prescription

Usually, treatments with topical creams are prescribed to treat genital warts, which may include Imiquimod and Podophyllin Resin. Some gels or creams can be applied by yourself, but those that are very corrosive to your living tissues should be applied by a doctor.


With this procedure, extreme cold is used for destroying tissues of the wart. The doctor can perform it in his/her office by spraying liquid nitrogen onto the wart. The damaged tissue can immediately be removed. With sufficient damage inflicted to a wart, it won’t be able to recover and then die. It’s also possible to get a home kit of cryo-therapy to do it yourself.

Surgical excisions

This is a procedure that is most extreme, though it can provide results immediately. The doctor uses a cutting instrument that is sharp to remove your wart out of your skin and covers the area with a bandage to prevent infections. It’s possible to use this treatment for basically all types of warts, as well as warts on the genitals.

Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the treatment method that would be best for you.

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