Common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and appear raised, rough, and can be round or irregularly shaped. They often occur on your fingers, hands, and elbows.
Plantar warts are hard, flat warts that occur on the soles of your feet. They can be painful when walking and may have small black dots in the centre.
Filiform warts are long and thin and can be found on your face, neck, or eyelids. They are the same as your skin colour, painless and appear as a tag of your skin.
Flat warts are small, smooth, and flat-topped. They can be found in clusters on your face, neck, and back of your hands. Symptoms include painless, flesh-coloured marks on your skin.
Periungual warts are a type of warts that grow around your nails. They can cause pain and discomfort and can be difficult to treat. Symptoms include round under or around nail skin, painful as size increases and split skin around your nail.
Genital warts are caused by HPV and a sexually transmitted infection They can appear as small, flesh-colored bumps or have a cauliflower-like appearance. They are contagious and it is important to see a doctor for effective treatment.
It is important to see your doctor if the wart is painful, present in sensitive areas like the genitals, mouth or nose, bleeding or having puss formation, or changing colour.
Using duct tape can be effective in getting rid of the warts. Cover your wart with duct tape for 5-6 days, then soak your wart in water and rub the wart to get rid of the dead skin cells. You may have to repeat this until the warts are completely gone.
Your doctor may suggest freezing treatments to eliminate warts. Freezing them with liquid nitrogen can help effectively remove common warts. You have to follow up with salicylic acid treatment for better results.
Your doctor may suggest electrosurgery for common warts, filiform warts or foot warts. This eliminates warts by passing an electric charge through the tip of a needle after creating numbness in the area.