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First Aid: Warts

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Warts are common skin infections that can affect any area of the body, but tend to occur on the fingers, hands, elbows, and bottom of the feet. Warts generally don't cause serious problems, so they may not need to be removed.

There are several types of warts, including common warts, flat warts, and plantar warts.

Signs and Symptoms

Of a common wart include:

Of a flat wart include:

Of a plantar wart include:

What to Do

Without treatment, it can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years for a wart to go away. Ask a doctor to recommend wart removal treatments.

Seek Medical Care


Think Prevention!

Although there's no way to prevent warts, it's always a good idea to encourage kids to wash their hands and skin often. If your child has a cut or scratch, use soap and water to clean the area because open wounds are more likely to develop warts and other infections. If a wart develops, make sure your child doesn't scratch the area.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

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