There are a total of five main types of warts, but some sources distinguish even seven or eight. Each type has a slightly different look and also it can appear in different parts of your body. All of these warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV); however it is important to mention that there are many different types of this virus too (more 100). Since each type of wart is triggered by a different virus there might be different treatments used for each of them.
Plantar warts. These types of warts appear on the bottom of the foot. They appearance is usually flat, because they are hard pressed by the weight of your whole body. They can appear grouped or solely and can cause huge discomfort while walking. It is quite easy to recognize them since they look like small bumps with a little black hole inside.
Mosaic warts. These warts appear at the bottom of your foot and in clusters. In rare cases they can also appear on other areas of the body, such as hands. They are basically the same as plantar; however the difference is that they appear in clusters. Although they are not very visible to other people, but people usually treat them since they are quite painful. People tend to get these kinds of warts while walking barefoot in swimming pools and other public places.
Common warts. These types of warts are also commonly referred to as verruca vulgaris. In most cases they appear on fingers or toes; however there might be exceptions too. It is quite easy to recognize them since they are greyer than the skin that surrounds them. They can be distinguished by their rough surface and rounded top. It is more common to get them for people who have weaker immune system. Since they are transmitted by touching it might be safer to avoid close contact (shaking hands and etc.) with people who have them. In most cases it is not necessary to treat them since they tend to disappear on their own; however you can definitely try to remove them if you find them too embarrassing.
Periungual warts. These type of warts only grows bellow and around nails (finger or toe). They can be extremely painful and can even influence the growth of your nails. If you have a bad habit of biting your nails this can highly increase the chance of this type of warts. They can be recognized when your skin that surrounds nails becomes cauliflower-like. Some tips to avoid these kind of warts are: keep your nails clean, avoid walking barefoot especially in public places, wear shoes that are not small and also wear socks that are made of cotton.
Flat warts. These kinds of warts mostly appear in the face area; however they might also be found on legs or arms too. In appearance they are quite similar to common warts; however they can be distinguished by smoother surface. They are more common among young people and children than adults. Since they are quite small it might take some time to even notice them.
Filiform warts. The appearance of these warts is similar to threads that are long and thin. Depending on the size they might be not so noticeable for other people since they have the same color as your skin. They usually appear either near your nose or mouth and less frequently bellow you chin or on the neck.
Genital warts. This is the most unpleasant and dangerous type of warts than can appear. They can show up on, in and around your genital or rectal area. They can be both small and large in size and multiple or single in the amount. They appearance is usually cauliflower-like so it is not difficult to recognize them. In some cases they might cause some unpleasant symptoms such as burning, bleeding and itching. Since in most cases they sexually transmitted it is very possible to pass them to the other partner. When you have sex with a person who has human papilloma virus, the first signs that you are infected too usually appear within a few weeks or months. Using a condom while having sex can greatly reduce the chance of getting this virus; however it doesn’t guarantee that it wouldn’t be passed on to you.
All types of these warts can be treated at a comfort of your home (except for genital warts) and it is not even necessary to treat them if you are comfortable with them. Quite commonly they tend to disappear within a few months or years’ time. In case you notice that a wart became bigger in size or more of them appeared it might be a good idea to consider a treatment. For this same reason many people start a treatment right away when they notice the first wart, just to avoid more complicated treatment later.