Warts

About Common Warts and Benign Lesions

A wart (also known as verruca) is generally a small, rough tumor that typically appears on hands and feet but can appear anywhere. Warts are small, usually painless growths on the skin caused by a virus.

They are generally harmless. However, warts can be disfiguring and embarrassing, and occasionally they itch or hurt. Warts are common, and are caused by a viral infection. They typically disappear after a few months but can last for years and can recur.

Different types of warts

Common warts usually appear on the hands, but can appear anywhere.

Flat warts are generally found on the face and forehead. They are common in children, less so in teens, and rare in adults.

Genital Warts are usually found on the genitals, in the pubic area, and in the area between the thighs, but they can also appear inside the vagina and anal canal.

Plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet.

Subungual and periungual warts appear under and around the fingernails or toenails.

Benign skin lesions

A skin lesion is a superficial growth or patch of the skin that does not resemble the area surrounding it. They may take the form of bumps, blisters, or general sores. While many are benign (such as moles or freckles) some are the result of toxins or diseases.

A common type of benign skin lesion is Molluscum contagiosum.

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes raised, pearl-like papules or nodules on the skin and is caused by a virus that is a member of the poxvirus family.

This is a common infection in children and occurs when a child comes into direct contact with a lesion. It is frequently seen on the face, neck, armpit, arms, and hands but may occur anywhere on the body except the palms and soles.

The virus can spread through contact with contaminated objects, such as towels, clothing, or toys. The virus also spreads by sexual contact. Early lesions on the genitalia may be mistaken for herpes or warts, but unlike herpes, these lesions are painless.

Persons with a weakened immune system, such as AIDS, may have a rapidly worse case of Molluscum contagiosum.