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Warts are usually caused by a virus.  They can occur singly or in multiples. Children and young adults are more likely to develop warts, as are people who have weakened immune systems.  Warts are transmitted by touch, and so it is important to avoid cross-contamination.  Warts will disappear over time, but many people choose to have them removed.


  • Small gray, grainy bumps or skin growths
  • Feature a pattern of black dots, which are small, clotted blood vessels
  • Rough to the touch



  • Keep the skin dry. Warts are more difficult to control in a moist environment.
  • Don’t pick at warts. This can spread the virus.  It may help to cover the wart with a bandaid.
  • Don’t bite your fingernails.  You make break the skin, and let the virus in.
  • Groom with care. In order to avoid spreading the virus, don’t brush or shave the wart area.  If you do touch the wart, wash your hands carefully afterwards.