Warts are caused by different strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV for short. There are several different types of warts, but the most prevalent cases are common warts (which generally grow on the hands), and plantar warts (which often appear on the soles of the feet). Home treatment kits are available at drugstores, but are often ineffective and require multiple applications. Don’t pick at or touch the warts, as this may spread them to other areas of your body. If after six weeks the warts do not respond to these treatments, you should seek a physician’s advice for removal. It is important to treat and remove these skin growths, as they are contagious via touch. Our dermatologists will identify the wart type, and utilize a protocol that best eliminates the wart based on its diagnosis. If a wart is painful, appears to be changing rapidly, or is bleeding, seek a physician’s advice right away because these affected areas could be displaying symptoms of a more serious condition.