Common Warts: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 11/13/2020

Common warts are benign skin growths. There are many different types of warts, which are often described based upon their shape (such as flat or filiform warts) or location (such as plantar warts on the sole of the foot). Warts tend to eventually go away on their own but may persist for a long time.

Signs and symptoms of common warts include small, fleshy, grainy bumps on the skin that may be flesh-colored, white, pink, or tan. Warts are often rough to the touch and sprinkled with black pinpoints, which are small, clotted blood vessels. Warts can appear anywhere on the body but are common on the hands and feet.

Cause of common warts

Infection with human papillomaviruses (HPVs) causes common warts.

Other common warts symptoms and signs

  • Bumps on the Skin That Are Sprinkled with Black Pinpoints
  • Flesh-Colored, White, Pink, or Tan Bumps on the Skin
  • Small, Fleshy, Grainy, Rough Bumps on the Skin

Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.