Periungual Warts

What are periungual warts?

Periungual warts are a type of wart caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. Periungual warts appear under or near toenails and fingernails. They start out small, about the size of pinhead but can grow larger and affect nail growth. 

What are the causes?

Periungual warts are normally caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus enters the body through breaks in the skin such as cuts and abrasions. People who bite their nails or pick at their cuticles are at greater risk for developing peringual warts because these actions cause trauma to the skin around the nails.

What are the symptoms?

Periungual Warts are easily identified because of their location near the fingernails and toenails. Periungual warts may look like rough bumps with uneven borders. Periungual warts may also take on a cauliflower like appearance. If left untreated periungual warts can become irritated and or infected and can be particularly painful.


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