Types of Warts and Best Treatment Options

Warts Removal

Warts are growths that take root on the surface of the skin. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are not cancerous. There are over 100 types of HPV that are responsible for the different types of warts. Various wart infections fade away by themselves but for others, we need a Warts Removal Treatment. Although warts’ symptoms are different depending on the type; some of the symptoms are the same which include;

  • The average size is between one to ten millimeters
  • They appear on the skin as small raised bumps
  • They may have a smooth or rough surface depending on the type
  • They may itch in some cases
  • They can appear singly or in clusters
  • The most commonly affected areas are the hands, knees, feet, and face

Now let’s discuss the types and treatment options for warts.

Types of Warts

  • Common warts (verruca Vulgaris): They look like small raised bumps and are usually found on the knees, hands, elbows, and around your nails. They spread easily through touch and they can sometimes have black dots that look almost like seeds. These are also referred to as seed warts.
  • Filiform warts: These types of warts are shocking in appearance and look like thin long threads. They are fast-growing warts and can be problematic because they usually grow on the face around the mouth, eyes, and nose.
  • Flat warts: They appear as smooth, flat, slightly raised, yellow-brown lesions. They mostly occur on the face, neck, chest, hands, wrists, knees, and forearms. They are usually in groups of several hundred and are most common among children and young adults.
  • Foot warts: Also known as plantar warts, they mostly occur on the soles of the feet and they are quite thick. They pop up in several clusters and appear as small callous. They are more common in people who do a lot of barefoot activities.
  • Genital warts: These are benign warts found in the cervix, the vagina, and around the anus. If spread through skin contact, they can appear on the throat and mouth areas and are caused by the HPV.
  • Periungual warts: They occur in clusters around the fingernails and are irregular, rough, and elevated. Sometimes they extend under the nails and this can be painful.
  • Digitate warts: They have pear-shaped bases and they appear horny and finger-like. They mostly occur near the hairline or on the scalp.

Treatment Options For Warts

The following are some of the best treatment options for warts.


Cryotherapy involves the application of liquid nitrogen to the wart in order to freeze it. This causes a blister to form around and under the wart thus allowing dead tissue to slough off in a week or so. This type of treatment is quite painful and it is not recommended in treating children. Cryotherapy side effects include blistering, pain, and skin discoloration around the treated area.

Laser Treatment

The pulsed-dye laser treatment is used to burn or cauterizes tiny blood vessels which in turn causes the infected tissues to die and the wart eventually falls off. It is a painful process that causes scarring.

Minor Surgery

The bothersome tissue can easily be removed through minor surgery. This may leave a scar around the treated area.

Salicylic Acid

This is a prescription medication and it works through removing layers of wart bit by bit. It is more effective when it is combined with freezing.


Enlisted above are some of the best treatment options that can be used to get rid of warts. It is the job of your doctor to suggest the best-suited treatment according to the type of warts, you are suffering from. For this purpose, you need to choose a highly qualified surgeon. At Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, we offer the best warts removal treatments under the supervision of leading cosmetic surgeons.