What does a wart on your hand look like?
Your face: Flat warts and long skinny warts that look like tiny fingers usually appear on your face. The bottoms of your feet: Warts that are large flat bumps on the bottoms of your feet are very common. They are called plantar warts because the bottom surface of the foot is called the "plantar surface."
More commonly, HPV causes warts to grow on the hands, fingers, feet, toes, knees and face. [See also: What's the Best Way to Treat Warts?] Studies have shown that common warts (i.e. not genital warts) can be spread through skin-to-skin contact. However, not all strains of the virus are highly contagious.
- Yes, warts can spread if left untreated, and the virus that causes warts can be passed to another person. By adulthood, though, most people have developed immunity to the viruses that cause warts. So, it is unlikely that an adult would develop warts as a result of contact with a person who has a wart.
- Compared with warts, skin tags are: knobbly and hang off the skin (warts are usually slightly raised or flat) not contagious (warts spread very easily, so a sudden outbreak or cluster of growths is more likely to be warts)
- Your face: Flat warts and long skinny warts that look like tiny fingers usually appear on your face. The bottoms of your feet: Warts that are large flat bumps on the bottoms of your feet are very common. They are called plantar warts because the bottom surface of the foot is called the "plantar surface."
They can also spread by contact with floors or surfaces contaminated with the virus. Although warts are contagious, it's thought that the risk of catching them is fairly low. You're more likely to get infected if your skin is damaged or wet, so infection can be linked to swimming pools and communal showers.
- HPV is spread when infected skin touches an area of uninfected skin (called skin-to-skin contact). You can get HPV from someone who has warts on his or her mouth, skin or genitals. HPV cannot be spread by touching hard surfaces, like a doorknob or toilet seat. It also cannot be passed by sharing clothes or towels.
- Use duct tape like you would a wart-remover patch. Put a small strip over the wart and leave it in place for about six days. At the end of the sixth day, remove the tape, soak the wart in water and then gently debride it with a pumice stone, emery board, or nail file.
- Remove a corn at home.
- Soak your foot in comfortably hot water for 5 to 10 minutes to soften the corn.
- Sand the corn gently using a pumice stone or another sanding object, like a skin file.
- You may need to repeat the treatment several times before the corn is fully removed.
Updated: 21st November 2019