Warts are a non-cancerous-common skin condition that occur when a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) infects the surface layer of the skin. In most cases, they have a roughened surface and a clearly defined boundary. They most commonly occur on the fingers, hands, and arms, but can appear almost anywhere. Those occuring on the bottom of the feet are called plantar, and those that occur in the genital area are called genital.
They are usually painless. However, when they occur in an area that causes them to be subjected to pressure or rubbing, such as the bottom of the foot, they can become extremely tender. Genital warts that occur on the cervix are associated with a significantly increased risk of cervical dysplasia. Warts may disappear on their own with time. However, most people want them gone as soon as possible. The skin care experts at MetroDerm can diagnose and remove unsightly warts quickly and painlessly. Here is some information on the risks, causes, and types.