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Warts are small lumps that often develop around the skin of the hands and feet (plantar wart). Warts vary in appearance and may appear singly or in clusters. It may be filiform wart, seed wart, flat wart or mosaic wart. Some warts are more likely to affect particular areas of the body including the foot, face as well as genital and anal areas.

Viral warts are usually caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus causes and excess amount of keration, a hard protein, to develop in the epidermis. The extra keratin produces the rough, hard texture of a wart.