What are Warts?

Warts are small, rough, usually painless growths that resemble a solid blister, typically appearing on the hands and feet but can also appear on the face, back and other body parts like knee and elbow.

What causes a Wart?

Warts are caused by a virus called human papilloma virus (HPV). They are generally harmless but can be contagious. They typically disappear after a few months but can recur. Warts can be disfiguring and embarrassing, and can occasionally itch or hurt.  According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), plantar warts occur most often in children and young adults between the ages of 12 and 16. Incidence is higher in people who share common bathing areas (e.g., dormitory students, gym members).