A common wart is also known as verruca vulgaris and sometimes also as a seed wart. As the name states, these types of warts are what most people get at some point.
Typical warts typically have well-defined borders and can be round or have more of an irregular shape to them. They have a rough texture, are firm, and have the appearance of cauliflower. The color of the wart can vary, but generally, these warts are skin-colored. They may also sometimes be pink, white, light gray, yellow, or brown. One or several black dots caused by blood vessels in the wart can be present. Their size ranges from about 1 mm up to about 10 mm and they can appear as single warts or in multiples. In almost all cases, these typical warts are painless. However, the warts may cause discomfort if they are in an area that experiences repeated friction.
Common or seed warts are usually found on the hands (especially the back of the hands, the fingers, and around the fingernails), elbows, and knees. In particular, they like to grow in areas that are exposed to minor trauma such as cuts and abrasions. Many people bite their nails or pick their hangnails leading to skin trauma and this is a major reason why the finger and fingernail areas are most likely affected. These warts commonly appear on the skin of teenagers and children.
Treatment of seed warts is basic and can be done in the home or by visiting a clinic or family doctor. Use of over the counter products containing salicylic acid or cryotherapy (freezing of the wart) are generally used. It may take up to several weeks of treatment to remove the warts. Sometimes these treatments are not effective and other wart remedies need to be pursued.
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