What is it?

Warts and verrucas are small, hard lumps on the skin. They are caused by different strains of human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. Warts commonly appear on the face, hands and feet, though they can appear anywhere.

Warts spread through skin-to-skin contact. Warts that appear on the genitals are sexually transmitted. The HPV vaccine can prevent most of the strains that cause genital warts.

Warts can go away by themselves, though sometimes this can take months or years. Warts that don’t go away, look unpleasant or interfere with daily activities may need treatment. Common treatments include prescription creams applied directly to the wart or surgical procedures.