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What are warts?

Warts are raised bumps on your skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts have plagued humans for thousands of years — they have been discovered on 3,000-year-old mummies and were mentioned by Shakespeare. Although warts are generally not dangerous, they are ugly, potentially embarrassing, contagious, and they can be painful.

When should I see a doctor?

should see your doctor if:
• you have warts on your face or another sensitive part of your body (e.g., genitals, mouth, nostrils)
• you notice bleeding or signs of infection, such as pus or scabbing, around a wart
• the wart is painful
• the color of the wart changes
• you have warts and diabetes or an immune deficiency, such as HIV/AIDS