Common Wart: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Common warts are small benign tumors. There are many different types of warts, including genital warts, plantar warts, flat warts, and others. Warts are usually self-limited, meaning they develop and with time go away on their own. However, warts may take years to disappear.

Warts have a characteristic appearance. Symptoms and signs of warts include rough, small growths or bumps that may be rough to the touch. Warts are small, fleshy white, tan, or pink bumps that may appear grainy or contain sprinkles of black pinpoint areas. After their disappearance or treatment, it is not uncommon for warts to recur.

Causes of common warts

Infection with one of the more than 100 types of human papillomavirus (HPV) causes common warts. HPV can cause both benign tumors (warts) and some kinds of cancers.

Other common wart symptoms and signs

  • Fleshy White, Pink, or Tan Bumps
  • Small Rough Growths or Bumps


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Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.