A wart is a hardened, bumpy, or rough piece of skin that grows faster than normal. Warts are caused by infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). Most warts are harmless, but the virus that causes warts is contagious and can be spread by direct contact with others. Warts may develop anywhere on the body, including the bottom of the feet, palm of the hands, fingers, and genitals. Warts are typically brown or flesh-colored, although genital warts may also appear pink or red. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how a wart develops, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
The Basics of Common Warts
WebMD gives you the basics on common warts.
Skin Conditions and Warts
Learn how to treat warts, which are skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Common Wart Treatments
Learn more from WebMD about the treatment of common warts.
What’s the Treatment for Genital Warts?
If you have genital warts, you’ve got a number of treatment options that range from creams and gels to surgery. Learn how your doctor will decide which is best for your unique case.
Top Teen Skin Problems – and How to Solve Them
The teen years can be filled with angst – the last thing you need is troubled skin. WebMD asked the experts for solutions to the most common teen skin problems.
Could I Have an STD and Not Know It?
Yes, it's possible. If you're sexually active, get tested for STDs regularly to help prevent serious health problems, such as infertility and cancer, for you and your partner.
What’s Up With Warts on Children?
Warts on children are contagious but usually harmless. Here’s what parents should know about common skin warts.
What Causes Common Skin Warts?
Common skin warts are actually a viral infection in the top layer of skin and are caused by viruses that we’re all exposed to at some time in our lives.
Slideshows & Images
Picture of Warts
After acne, warts are the most common dermatological complaint. Three out of four people will develop a wart (verruca vulgaris) at some time in their lives.
Picture of Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are warts that develop on plantar surfaces -- that is, the soles (or bottom) of the feet. Normal standing and walking tends to force them into the skin, and the pressure makes the feet very painful.
Images of Childhood Skin Problems
Hives, ringworm, warts: just a few skin conditions often seen in babies and children. How can you recognize these common childhood conditions -- and is home treatment possible?
Pictures of Common Foot Problems
See pictures of bunions, corns, athlete’s foot, plantar warts, and other common foot problems – and learn what treatments may help these conditions.