Warts Photo Gallery

Warts are very common, especially in children and young adults. They are actually benign tumors that are located only in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Warts can look different, depending on their location.

Typical Wart on Finger

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Warts can occur anywhere on the body, but they are seen most often on the fingers, the backs of the hands, the knees, and the elbows.

These are sites that most often get breaks in the skin like cuts or abrasions that expose the lower layers of the epidermis to the human papillomavirus (HPV). Because the virus stays only in the epidermis and doesn't penetrate into the dermis where the blood vessels are located, often the immune system doesn't even know the wart is there. This is one of the reasons that it can be difficult to get rid of a wart.

This photo gallery, below, shows pictures of warts of various types. (*Please note: There are pictures of genital lesions in this gallery. They are cropped and presented in a clinical manner, but for some people, they may be offensive.) If you have a lesion on your body that you think may be a wart, call your doctor so you can receive a diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Warts Around Fingernails

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This is a common place for warts to occur and these types of warts can, unfortunately, be difficult to treat. Sometimes treating warts that are close to the nail bed can cause damage to the nail bed, which then causes the nail to grow abnormally.

Thick Wart on Finger

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Notice that this wart on the finger looks different from warts in the previous two pictures. Warts that occur on the palm side of the hand or the sole of the foot have gently sloping sides with a central depression. This makes them look like anthills. Even though these warts stay in the epidermis, they grow down as well as up and can be quite painful.

Plantar Wart Picture

Photo © Heather L. Brannon, MD

These plantar warts look different from other warts on the body. The thick skin can look like a corn or a callus. If you look closely, plantar warts will typically have black dots at the base. These are tiny blood vessels that grew abnormally and often have tiny blood clots in them, preventing them from carrying blood.

Genital Warts on Labia

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This is a picture of genital warts on a woman's labia. Warts in this area can look different depending on the type of skin they are growing in. These warts that are growing on the moist skin inside are pink and flat. These warts on the edge of the moist skin look almost white. Finally, warts on the regular, dry skin look a little more like typical warts that you'd see on other parts of the body, but they stick out more.

Since warts in the genital area can look different from other skin warts, if you notice any persistent bumps in your genital area, you should have a doctor take a look to see what they are.

Wart on Penis

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The medical term for warts in the genital area is condylomata acuminata. These warts look different from warts that occur on other parts of the body. They tend to be softer than skin warts and they can look more like skin tags, as seen in this picture.

Wart on Scalp

Photo © Heather L. Brannon, MD

Warts on the skin grow in cylindrical projections and often these projections fuse together to give the wart a flat surface. Warts that grow in certain areas and in thin skin have the cylindrical projections, but they don't fuse. In this picture of a wart on the scalp, you can see numerous projections from the tiny ones at the base to the large ones on top.

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