What Are Some Common Causes and Symptoms of Warts?

Medically Reviewed by Madeline Hubbard, RN, BSN

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Warts are growths on your skin that are quite contagious and very common, affecting 3 to 5% of adults. They’re even more common among younger populations, with approximately 33% of children and adolescents experiencing warts at some point in their lives.

Most of the time, warts are harmless and go away on their own. However, warts can feel and look unpleasant, and some require medical treatment to heal. Read on to find out more about what causes warts and the different ways they can show up on your body.