Pictures of Warts

Typical Wart on Finger

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Warts are very common, especially in children and young adults. They are actually benign tumors that are located only in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and look different depending on their location. This photo gallery shows pictures of various types of warts. *Please note, there are pictures of genital lesions in this gallery. I have tried to crop these and present them in a clinical manner, but for some people, they may be offensive.

Warts can occur anywhere but they are seen most often on the fingers, the backs of the hands, knees, and elbows. These are sites that most often get breaks in the skin like cuts or abrasions that expose the lower layers of the epidermis to the human papillomavirus (HPV). Because the virus only stays in the epidermis and doesn't penetrate into the dermis where the blood vessels are located, often the immune system doesn't even know the wart is there. This is one of the reasons it can be difficult to get rid of a wart.

Warts Around Fingernails

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This is a common place for warts to occur and these warts can be difficult to treat. Sometimes treating warts that are close to the nail bed can cause damage to the nail bed which causes the nail to grow abnormally.

Thick Wart on Finger

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This wart on the finger looks different compared to the previous 2 pictures. Warts that occur on the palm side of the hand or the sole of the foot have gently sloping sides with a central depression. This makes them look like an anthill. Even though these warts stay in the epidermis, they grow down as well as up and can be quite painful.

Plantar Wart Picture

Photo © Heather L. Brannon, MD

These plantar warts, like the previous wart on the finger, look different than other warts on the body. The thick skin can look like a corn or a callus. If you look closely, plantar warts will typically have black dots at the base. These are tiny blood vessels that grew abnormally and often have tiny blood clots in them preventing them from carrying blood.

Genital Warts on Labia

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This is a picture of genital warts on the labia. Warts in this area can look different depending on the type of skin they are growing in. These warts that are growing on the moist inside skin are pink and flat. These warts on the edge of the regular and moist skin look almost white. Finally, the warts on the regular skin look a little more like what we see on other parts of the body but they stick out more.

Because warts in the genital can look different from other skin warts, if you notice any persistent bumps in your genital area, you should have a doctor take a look to see what they are.

Wart on Penis

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The medical term for warts in the genital area is condylomata acuminata. These warts look different from warts that occur on other parts of the body. They tend to be softer than skin warts and they can look more like skin tags as is seen in this picture.

Wart on Scalp

Photo © Heather L. Brannon, MD

Warts on the skin grow in cylindrical projections and often these projections fuse together to give the wart a flat surface. Warts that grow in certain areas and in thin skin have the cylindrical projections but they don't fuse. In this picture of a wart on the scalp, you can see numerous projections from the tiny ones at the base to the large ones on top.

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