Most people have had a wart on their body at some time in their life. Warts are extra layers of skin caused by the human papilloma virus HPV family. The virus is spread by skin-to-skin contact. Only certain types of HPV cause genital warts and cervical problems. There are more than specific types of HPV; most of them cause the harmless but unsightly warts on other non-genital parts of the body.
You might have just one or two warts, or you might get a whole bunch. You can get warts almost anywhere on your body. Some types of warts usually show up on certain places on your body:. Some people think warts have roots, like a plant, but they don't. Sometimes warts have tiny black spots in them that look like seeds.
Warts are small, rough lumps or growths on your skin caused by the human papilloma virus HPV. Most people get one at some point in their lives. You can get them anywhere, but warts are most common on your hands, knees and feet. A wart on the sole of your foot is called a verruca. There are four main types of warts caused by human papilloma virus HPV.