Different Types of Warts - Symptoms, Characteristics and Appearances
Here, you will learn about different types of warts.
Although you might think that all warts are pretty much the same, there are actually various types of warts. They form for different reasons and even look differently. As such, when it comes to treating them, they must be dealt with in different ways.
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Warts are very misunderstood. It used to be thought that if a toad or frog urinated on you, then you would grow a wart. We now know that this is not true.
It also used to be believed that only old women or witches had warts. This is also not true. In fact, warts are most commonly found on children.
In addition, it was once thought as well that warts had "roots." This is also untrue. Warts only grow on the epidermis, the top layer of skin, although plantar warts can actually be a little bit deeper because the weight of the foot pushes them back.
So, how do the different types of warts come about?
Warts are basically benign thickenings in the mucous membranes or skin that is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). That does not mean that all warts are symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease, however. The HPV is also responsible for some blisters that also occur around the mouth. Different sub-types of HPV lead to the different types of warts.
Most warts occur on the hands, although there are also warts called plantar warts that can occur on the bottom of the feet as well. Some people even have warts all over their bodies.
Warts usually appear in children and in young adults, although people at any age can get warts. They are usually spread by direct contact. More often than not, they will go away on their own over the course of time. There are also some natural treatments and home remedies that can help speed along their recovery.
Warts are not dangerous, but depending on where they are located on the body, they can be painful at times. The different types of warts can also be unsightly, which is why most people prefer to get rid of them right away.
The most common type of wart is referred to as the Verruca Vulgaris wart. In appearance, these warts are rough looking and sometimes have tiny spots on them which are caused by clotted blood vessels. You will probably notice these on your knees, elbows, and hands.
The next of the different types of warts to be discussed is flat warts. Flat warts, like their name imply, are flat-topped and smooth. They might appear to be flesh-colored, or at least brown in appearance. They can be spread by shaving and often appear on women's faces.
Another of the different types of warts is plantar warts. Plantar warts appear on the bottom of the feet and can be very painful. They might look like calluses or corns, only they usually have black dots in the center of them.
Instead of growing outwards, like most warts, they tend to grow inwards. They grow inwards usually due to the pressure that you put on your feet when you are walking. This is what also makes them painful.
Occasionally, these types of warts can resemble blisters and can actually grow quite large. In the past, some people believed that the only way to get rid of plantar warts was to "dig them out", but this was painful and unnecessary.
Yet another of the different types of warts is genital warts. Genital warts appear in the genital area of the body. Sometimes, they can look like small papules. Other times, they might look like regular warts. They can be painful at times, depending on where they are located.
For the most part, warts will eventually go away. However, depending on how strong your immune system is, they can sometimes take months and even years to disappear. Some people prefer to get rid of warts right away, especially if they are located on an obvious part of the body, such as the face.
Having read about the different types of warts, you can learn more about this skin condition by reading the other related warts articles and pages on this website.
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