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Warts

Small, rough growth on the skin resembling a cauliflower or solid blister

Typically on human hands or feet - but also other locations.

Caused by a viral infection - by one of the ~ 130 types of human papillomavirus (HPV, only found in skin keratinocytes or mucus membranes E.g. of the genitals). Each type is typically only able to infect a few specific areas on the body.

–   Many low-risk types can produce a benign growth, often called a "wart" or "papilloma", in the area they infect - HPV types 1,2, 3, 4, 26, 29, 57 and others.

–   High-risk types can cause cancer - cervical (mostly Types 16 and 18), and also vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, some oropharyngeal cancers caused by types 58, 33, 45, 31, 52, 35, 39, 59, and others.

Warts are contagious -  the virus usually entering in broken skin.

Typically disappear after a few months - but can stay for years or reoccur.

At least 10 varieties of warts here are some of the more well-known, listed at Wikipedia:

–   Common wart (Verruca vulgaris) - a raised wart with roughened surface, most common on hands, but can grow anywhere on the body; HPV types 2 and 4 (most common);

–   Flat wart (Verruca plana) - a small, smooth flattened wart, flesh-coloured, which can occur in large numbers; most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees;

–   Filiform or digitate wart - a thread- or finger-like wart, most common on the face, especially near the eyelids and lips;

–   Genital wart (venereal wart, Condyloma acuminatum, Verruca acuminata) - a wart that occurs on the genitalia.

–   Mosaic wart - a group of tightly clustered plantar-type warts, commonly on the hands or soles of the feet;

–    Plantar wart (verruca, Verruca plantaris) - a hard sometimes painful lump, often with multiple specks in the center; usually only found on pressure points on the soles of the feet; Commonly HPV type 1;

–   Periungual wart - a cauliflower-like cluster of warts that occurs around the nails.

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