Warts are small, benign growths on the skin that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). While warts are generally harmless.


Direct contact. Warts are typically spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person

Indirect contact./ Warts can also be spread indirectly through contact with contaminated objects or surfaces

Autoinoculation occurs when a person spreads the virus from one part of their own body to another

Wet or damaged skin. Warts are more likely to develop in areas of the skin that are wet, damaged, or softened by prolonged exposure to moisture

Weakened immune system, Individuals with weakened immune systems, such as those with certain medical conditions or taking immunosuppressive medications, may be more susceptible to warts

Genetics. Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to developing warts

Cosmetic Concerns. Warts can be unsightly and may be removed for cosmetic reasons

Discomfort. Depending on their location, warts can be uncomfortable

Contagious. Warts can spread to other areas of the body or to other people through contact

Persistent wart. Some warts are resistant to over-the-counter treatments

Treatments can use cryotherapy, electrocautery, surgery, prescription medication, and laser therapy to treat and remove a wart. Dermatologists are specialists trained to diagnose and treat various skin conditions and to develop a treatment plan

If you're dealing with a benign growth that you are considering for removal, you’re not alone. Our dermatologist healthcare professionals specializing in skin disorders are here to provide expert guidance and personalized treatment plans.