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Types of Warts

Warts (verrucas) are small rough bumps that resemble hardened blisters. They develop on the outermost layers of the skin called the squamous epithelium.

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There are 6 major types of verrucas. They can develop anywhere on the body but typically develop on the hands and feet. The name of verrucas reflect the body parts, on which, they develop.           


Verrucas are very common. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Scientists have identified at least 120 different strains of the virus. The most common strains are HPV types1 and 3.



Forms of Warts

            Verruca vulgaris is the most common form of verruca. The bumps resemble cauliflowers and tend to occur in clusters. They often develop on the hands and fingers.  Verruca vulgaris is caused by HPV types 1, 2, 3, 4, 26, 26 and 57.


            Verruca plana also called flat wart is caused by the HPV types 3, 10 and 28. They are very common in infants and children. As the name implies, flat verrucas are flat.


            Verruca plana often occurs in clusters, containing hundreds of small bumps. The surface of bumps feels very smooth, when touched. Verruca plana is the only form of verruca with smooth surfaces.


            Verruca planas are flesh-coloured i.e. they could be light, pink, brown or yellow. Generally, they occur on the face, forehead, neck, arms and hands.


            Filiform or digitate verrucas are caused by the HPV types 1, 3 and 47. Filiform verrucas typically occur on the face, especially the eyelids. They appear as long frond-like outgrowths.


            Periungual verrucas are caused by HPV types 1, 3, 27, 48 and 59. They tend to affect the toenails and fingernails. They often occur in people, who have the unconventional habit of biting their fingernails.


            In the first few weeks of infection, periungual verrucas remain as tiny, barely noticeable pinheads. In due time, they grow into pea-sized bumps.


            The increased size of the bumps exerts pressure against the nails, thus causing an inflammation. In severe cases, this inflammation can cause the nails to detach from the flesh.


            Verruca plantaris or plantar wart is caused by the HPV types 1, 2, 3, 4, 27, 28 and 58. Verruca plantaris occurs on the pressure points of the soles of the feet.


            There are two forms of verruca plantaris: solitary and mosaic verrucas. Solitary verruca appears as a single bump. Several single bumps could develop, forming a satellite of bumps. A mosaic verruca is made up of a cluster, containing dozens of bumps.



            The surface of verruca plantaris is marked by black specks. The black specks are the result of the clotting of capillaries.


            The bumps of verruca plantaris are painful. Unlike corns, the pain of the bumps comes from the sides. The pain generated by corns comes from the center.


            The HPV types that cause verruca plantaris are very contagious. They can remain alive for several months without a human host. That is why, it is so easy to contract them by walking barefooted in public locker rooms and swimming pool floors.


            Genital wart or condyloma acuminatum is caused by HPV types 6, 11, 42 and 44. Condyloma acuminatum occurs in the genitalia (vagina, cervix, vulva, penis, scrotum and anus).


            They are transmitted during sexual intercourse. Condyloma acuminatum can be transmitted during foreplay. For transmission to occur, sexual penetration is not necessary.



Wart Treatment

            Verrucas can be treated with either surgical methods or topical ointments.


            The most frequently used surgical techniques include: laser treatment, infrared coagulation, cryotherapy, surgical curettage and duct tape occlusion therapy.


            Infrared coagulation consists of burning the infected area with a concentrated beam of infrared light. The side-effects of infrared coagulation include burns and possible scarring.


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