There are many types of warts. The most common are viral warts on the hands and feet. 

These are caused by the human papilloma viruses (HPV). They are very common in children. 

HPV is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact. 

Symptoms of warts and verruca’s 

  • Common warts – known as verruca vulgaris
    • These are firm lesions with a rough surface
    • They are usually seen on the backs of the hands and fingers but can occur anywhere on the body
  • Warts on the sole of the feet, are known as plantar warts (verruca plantaris)
    • These are usually seen on the pressure points of the feet
    • There are two main types:
      • One is a well-defined rounded lesions with a rough surface and can be painful
      • The second is an area e of closely grouped warts  – these are known as mosaic warts and are usually not painful
  • Flat warts or plane warts (Verruca plana)
    • These are commonly seen on the face and on the backs of the hands
    • They are usually small (less than 5mm), round, raised and appear as multiple lesions with smooth surfaces

Treatment of warts and verruca

Typically warts are benign infections that may persist for months, or even years, and then finally spontaneously resolve.

Topical treatment – intention is to physically or chemically ablate warts and to stimulate an immune response

    • Salicylic acid 


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