The Most Common Types of Warts

Witches are typically portrayed with a wart lurking somewhere near the end of their nose, and you’ve most likely heard the old wives tale that claims you can find yourself with a wart by touching a frog. Well, to tell the truth witches didn’t get their warts from frogs, and further to that frog's bumps aren't even warts. So how and why do we even get them?

Warts are brought on by human papillomavirus (HPV), and there are more than 60 different types and variations of it. You get a wart from coming into contact with the infection through skin-to-skin contact. You can get the infection from someone else, by means of a handshake or perhaps through sharing a shower stall with someone on a backpacking tour of Europe. You can spread the wart infection to different parts of your body by scratching, touching, shaving, or even through chewing on your nails. All it needs is a little bit of a tear or cut in the skin for the infection to enter the body and to take hold.

In this article, we’ll examine the most common types of warts.


Before you can even consider getting rid of your wart, you must make sure that little bump or spot on your body really is one. There are three normal kinds of warts that you'll find-common, plantar, and flat warts.

Common warts are found in spots on the body where the skin has been broken: where fingernails are bitten down to the quick or hangnails are picked until they bleed.

Frequently, they seem as though they have little dabs or seeds in them, which is the reason they’re oftentimes called “seed warts.” But what you see aren’t seeds; they’re only spots delivered by the vein supplying the warty area.

Common warts are:

  • Generally small
  • Skin coloured
  • Hard
  • Bumpy and knobbly to touch
  • Raised

These kinds of warts are usually found on children as they often have broken skin and contact with others with warts.


Plantar warts don’t protrude from the surface of the skin, and that is on account of the weight from walking which pushes them into the skin. Plantar warts are:

  • Generally found on the weight-bearing zones of the foot (plantar means base of the foot)
  • Generally grey or brown in colour
  • ‘Seedy' and rough to touch
  • Flat
  • Often quite painful. At best, a plantar wart can feel like a stone in the shoe. Otherwise it can feel sharp and cause problems with walking. Sometimes they bleed from walking on them so often.

Flat warts are the smallest of all of the possible kinds warts. Level warts are:

Found in clusters of 20 to 100, normally on the face and neck, but they can also be found on the body, knees, hands, wrists, and lower arms. In men they’re normally in the beard or shaven area, and in ladies they're common on the legs from shaving. They are:

  • Small
  • Flat
  • Smooth
  • Skin coloured or darker slightly.

Flat warts

There are many different sorts of warts, and different issues that may look like warts. In the event that you have any concerns, go and see your doctor. What looks warty to you could be something significantly more genuine, for example, a skin growth or cancer.

For an exhaustive explanation of the most common types of warts, you may consider this article on Health Line

If you have a wart you can try a chemists' remedy for wart removal, or simply go and see your doctor who can help you to get rid of the wart and move forward with your life, wart free!

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