Common Warts

What are common warts?

Common warts are a type of wart caused the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Common warts are small raised spots on the skin with a rough surface. They can can be flesh colored, white, pink or tan. The size of the wart varies and may appear anywhere on the body, especially the hands. They may also be called “seed” warts because blood vessels in the wart look like black dots or “seeds.” 

What are the causes?

Common warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and are transmitted by touch. Wart viruses can be passed from person to person; you can also get the virus by touching a contaminated object.

What are the symptoms?

  • Small, fleshy, grainy bumps
  • Flesh-colored, white, pink or tan
  • Rough to the touch

Common warts can appear anywhere on the body, especially on the hands. They may appear alone or in groups. They are also known as “seed” warts because they often contain one or more tiny black dots that resemble seeds.


Treatment for common warts can vary, for more information see our: Wart Treatment Services.