When should I call my healthcare provider about warts?

You should call your provider if the wart:

  • Breaks open often, increasing the risk of infection or virus spread.
  • Causes embarrassment.
  • Develops on the genitals or rectum (genital warts).
  • Itches.
  • Looks infected (red or pus-filled).
  • Makes walking painful and difficult (plantar warts).

What questions should I ask my healthcare provider about warts?

If you or your child has warts, consider asking your provider:

  • How did we get warts?
  • How can we keep warts from spreading to other parts of our bodies?
  • What steps can we take to prevent getting more warts?
  • What steps can we take to ensure other family members don’t get infected?
  • What’s the best treatment for the warts?
  • Should I look out for any signs of complications?

Warts can be unsightly and embarrassing. The good news is that warts often go away on their own. They also respond well to treatment. The virus that causes warts spreads easily. Be sure to take the necessary steps to prevent warts from infecting other people or other parts of your body. Your doctor can recommend the best at-home or in-office treatment to get rid of warts.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/26/2020.

References

  • American Academy of Dermatology. Warts: Overview. Accessed 5/4/2020.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians. Warts. Accessed 5/4/2020.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics. Warts. Accessed 5/4/2020.

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