What Are Warts Caused By?
By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
January 21, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Warts  

Although a common wart on your hands or feet is embarrassing, ugly, and in some cases contagious, they are usually not dangerous. However, genital warts in Sterling Heights, MI can lead to serious problems if left untreated. Learn more about the common types of warts today from Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Sadegh Arab at Advanced Foot, Ankle, and Wound Care/Advanced Bunion Institute of Michigan.

Types of Common Warts

A wart can appear anywhere on your body, but it usually shows up on your hands, fingers, and toes. Most warts appear grayer than your skin with a raised, rough-looking surface. In some cases, they have a rounded top. Here are the most common warts you'll find on your body:

Flat Warts

Usually found on your face, feet, or thighs, this form of wart is typically small and hardly noticeable. Most of these warts are pink or slightly brownish in color, and in some cases appear yellow.

Plantar Warts

Commonly found on your feet (usually the soles), this wart doesn't grow out of your skin. If you have what looks like a small hole in the bottoms of your feet, it is typically a plantar wart. In some cases, they can make walking uncomfortable.

Filiform Warts and Periungual Warts

This type of wart grows around your nose or mouth or under your chin. Often shaped like a tiny flap, this form of wart is usually similar in color to your skin. Periungual warts grow around your fingernails and toenails and can impact nail growth.

What Causes Warts?

Different strains of the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, are the leading cause of warts (including genital warts). There are over 150 different types of HPV, and everyone has come in contact with a virus in the HPV family at some point. Opening doors, shaking hands, or using the keypad on an ATM can lead to contact with an HPV virus.

What Are Genital Warts?

Found around the skin on a person's genitals, this form of wart usually occurs through sexual interaction. Genital warts are classified as a sexually transmitted disease – but they generally aren't dangerous unless they're left untreated. In some cases, people have developed various types of cancer by leaving their genital warts untreated. Schedule a consultation with our team today if you suspect you've been exposed to genital warts in Sterling Heights, MI.

To learn more about the causes, treatments, and outcomes of warts in Sterling Heights, MI, contact Dr. Sundblad or Dr. Arab and the team at Advanced Foot, Ankle and Wound Care/Advanced Bunion Institute of Michigan by calling (586) 731-7873.

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