Body warts

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are at least 100 different forms of HPV that cause warts in various parts of the body. Though warts may be unsightly, they are generally harmless, though they can spread to other parts of the body.

Everyone's immune system responds differently to warts. A person could be exposed to the virus and not develop warts. Other can have many warts at one the same time. When you develop many warts at once, it may be worth visiting a health care provider. A GP could help determine the best treatment option as well as confirm that all these bumps that have appeared on your torso, face, and neck are, in fact, warts.

There are four primary types of warts (i.e., different forms of the virus have preferences for cells in specific locations of the body), which include:

  • Common warts (the kind that grow on hands or fingers)
  • Plantar warts (these grow on the feet)
  • Flat warts (grow on hands, knees and legs)
  • Genital (pretty self-explanatory)

Warts legs, knees and elbow

The warts that grow as tiny benign, harmless skin growths on legs, knees and elbow are flat warts. They can develop anywhere on the skin, but most common sites include knee, leg, arm and elbow. This thickened skin growths have well defined margin. They are common in children, but adults too can get affected with these viral warts. They are transmissible. Their incubation period is 90 days. Most of these waterwarts are skin coloured with a rough or plain surface. They can occur singly or in groups. In many cases they disappear on their own within 6 months without treatment, but sometimes they may persist even for one or two years.

Warts may require treatment if they become enlarged and painful. Many people want to remove them because of cosmetic reasons, especially when they are present on exposed parts of the body.