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Warts are non-cancerous growths caused by a viral infection. There are several kinds of warts: common warts, foot warts, flat warts and genital warts. Warts can be passed from person to person, sometimes indirectly. Genital warts are most contagious.

Common Warts
These usually grow around the nails, on the fingers and the back of hands.

Foot Warts
These usually are on the soles of the feet and are called plantar warts. Most plantar warts do not stick up above the surface of the skin like other warts because the pressure of walking flattens them and pushes them into the skin. They are often painful.

Flat Warts
Flat warts are similar and smoother that other warts. They tend to grow in great numbers, 20-100 at any one time. They are most common on the face.

Genital Warts
Also known as condyloma, genital warts tend to be smooth, small and flat but can also be large and cauliflower-like. Most genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) and are very contagious. HPV is associated with cervical, penile and anal cancer.

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