Types of warts

types of warts on the skin

Some types of human papilloma virus, penetrating damaged areas of the skin, cause rapid growth of cells in its upper layer. As a result, warts form. The types of warts can vary. They occur anywhere on the skin and can vary greatly in size and color. Warts usually do not cause significant problems, they go away on their own. However, in some cases it is worth consulting a doctor and removing them.

The types of warts on the body usually vary according to the place of their distribution.

Types of warts

  • vulgar (common)
  • Plantar,
  • Apartment (youthful),
  • Genital warts (genital warts)
  • filiform,
  • Senile (seborrheic keratomas).

Ordinary warts

Vulgar or common - this is the most common type of these neoplasms. These are small nodules (up to 10 mm) with a rough surface. They protrude very little above the surface of the skin and are completely painless. Common warts form on any part of the body, but are most common on the neck, head, elbows or knees.

Another characteristic of ordinary warts is the appearance next to the "main", large warts, smaller ones.


This is one of the variants of ordinary warts, it is also called "spitz". It is located on the skin of the feet, most often on the side of the sole. It consists of several papillae, connected to each other, surrounded by a roller. Sometimes the spike looks like a thick thorn growing on the skin. Sometimes plantar warts can grow inside the skin. Then they look like a pit surrounded by a roller with protruding papillae. Plantar warts often cause discomfort in a person because they cause discomfort and even pain when walking.

Their formation can be caused by narrow or uncomfortable shoes. In such shoes, parts of the skin are damaged and become more sensitive to the penetration and development of the human papilloma virus.


Flat warts are more common at an early age, in children and adolescents, and are therefore called juvenile. These are small formations (usually about 3 mm). They can be round or irregular. The surface of juvenile warts is smooth and flat. The color is usually the same as the skin, sometimes straight nipples can have a yellowish tinge. This type of wart can form on any part of the skin, but their "favorite" places are the face and hands.

Straight nipples usually do not cause physical discomfort and disappear over time. However, when placed in prominent places, they cause aesthetic discomfort, so patients often turn to doctors and cosmetologists to remove them.

Genital warts

Such warts are localized in the genital area, and the infection occurs through sexual contact. The most common genital warts are the groin, penis, lips and anus. Also, this type of wart can form in the mouth.

Genital warts are small skin growths with a sharp tip, small papillae. These papillae merge with each other and often look like cauliflower. The color of the genital warts is dark flesh, pink.

Treatment of genital warts is performed by dermatovenerologists with the participation of a gynecologist or urologist.


Filiform warts (accords) are more common in older people. These are elongated growths that resemble a thread. The size of filamentous warts can be up to 1 cm. The localization of the acrochord is the skin of the neck and face. They are most often formed on the eyelids and lips. There are filamentous warts in the armpit.

Accords are often injured due to their elongated shape. By themselves, in most cases, do not pass, moreover, after removal there is often a recurrence with the formation of new warts in the same places.


Seborrheic keratomas most often develop in old age due to changes in the skin. They are found on the body anywhere, but more often on the neck, arms, chest. These are small flat papules with clear borders. Senile warts are more often yellow, pink or brown, up to 2 cm in size, can be single, and can form entire foci. Dead skin cells form the basis of such neoplasms. At first they are soft, but over time they become thick, covered with cracks.

Senile warts require careful attention, because they have a tendency to malignant transformation.

So, there are different types of warts. Most of them are harmless, but it is better to consult a doctor without delay and make sure of that.