Types of warts - a guide by Northwich Foot Clinic, Cheshire

Warts – did you know there are different varieties? There are several types of warts, and knowing the difference between them is handy. So, without further ado, here is your ‘warts and all’ guide…

What Is A Wart?

Warts are a skin condition caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Although they usually aren’t dangerous, they’re contagious and they can be both painful and ugly. Warts are passed on through skin to skin contact, and it is extremely likely that you will get a wart at some point in your life.

What Are The Different Types Of Warts?

There are five common types of warts:

  • Common Warts

These are grainy skin growths that may have a pattern of black dots. They are usually small, and are most common on your fingers and toes.

  • Plantar Warts

Unlike common warts, plantar warts grow into the skin rather than out of it. They appear on the soles of the feet, and look like a small hole surrounded by hard skin. These can be painful when walking or standing.

  • Flat Warts

As the name suggests, flat warts are flat and are not as noticeable as other types of wart. They vary in colour and can be pink, yellow or brown. Flat warts usually grow on the face, thighs and arms.

  • Filiform Warts

The word ‘filiform’ means thread, and filiform warts look like a small thread or flap of skin. They are the same colour as your skin, and will usually be on your face (particularly around your mouth) or neck.

  • Periungual Warts

Periungual warts start very small and grow slowly into rough bumps. These warts can be painful because they form around the fingernails and toenails. As they grow, they can extend under the nail itself, often causing nail disfigurement and cuticle damage. These are some of the most difficult warts to treat.

When Should You Seek Treatment?

Generally, you should seek treatment for a wart if it is causing you pain or discomfort. However, it is possible to get any wart removed. Clinics such as Northwich Foot Clinic offer a variety of treatments to remove different types of warts and verrucas, and will be able to recommend a treatment that is suitable for you. There are several therapies available, from microwave therapy to needling to laser therapy. Whilst there are also at-home remedies available, these are usually not as effective and you should visit a professional if you have any concerns or pain.

How To Book An Appointment…

Northwich Foot Clinic is based in the centre of Northwich in Cheshire. Our clinic is accessible for people from across the North West and beyond, and we provide high quality, professional service. Our experienced podiatrists are skilled in the removal of warts and verrucas. To book your appointment, simply head to our online booking form or call us on 01606 45077 and we will be happy to help.