Common Warts on Hand, Feet, Fingers & Treatment

Warts that appear on the hands and fingers are called Common Warts. These types of warts mostly affect young children and young teens ages 12-16, more than adults. Warts are a sign of the HPV (Human Papillomavirus).

The virus causes the skin to grow swiftly, which can cause the skin to buckle or to form a wart. Presently there is no cure. However, in many cases, treatment isn’t necessary because warts can disappear over time on their own. However, if a person would prefer not to wait there are several treatment options such as Wartrol, home remedies and even surgery available.

Warts are growths that can appear on any part of the body. They are not considered a health concern and many people get them.  Most times, warts on hands are more of an embarrassment although they don’t cause any pain. Seed Wart is a nickname for the Common Wart as well as the Plantar Wart located on foot due to the black specs or blood vessels seen.

Warts on Hands

Hand warts are not cancerous and are not related to the HPV virus that can cause cancer. Skin to skin contact spreads them and if contact with a towel or other infected objects, such as combs, nail clippers, and sheets—even by touching a shower handle behind an infected person. The virus or infection enters the body via cuts or scrapes. Although hand warts are contagious, they are less contagious compared to other forms of warts, such as Genital Warts.

Warts on Fingers

Warts on the fingers are considered Common Warts also. They are usually found around the fingernails. Unlike warts on other parts of the hand, this wart can be painful.

What do they look like?

Common Warts can be flesh colored, round clustered bumps that are rough to touch. Their color is gray to light brown and can take on the appearance of cauliflower.

The Spread of Warts

There are over 150 different strands of HPV, and each type of wart is associated with a different type of virus. The Common Wart can be spread by touching other areas of the body. It is unlikely however to contract Genital Warts this way because the strand of HPV that causes Common Warts on the hand and fingers is different from the viruses that cause Genital Warts. Likewise, spreading Genital Warts to the hand or fingers is also unlikely. Genital Warts are transmitted sexually, whereas Common Warts do not require sexual contact.

Can Plantar Warts Spread to the Hands?

Different strands of the HPV affect certain areas of the body. Plantar Warts involve the foot and warts usually show up on the ball of the foot and the heel.

The HPV 1 strand is associated with Plantar Warts, and this is not the same strand of HPV associated with Common Warts on the hands and finger, therefore, spreading Plantar Warts to the hands is unlikely.  Likewise, Plantar Warts won’t cause Genital Warts as the HPV 11 and 16 are linked to warts in the pubic region.

Special Note about HPV infection

Being exposed to the virus that causes warts on hands and warts on fingers doesn’t mean that you will automatically be infected and if infection occurs, it could take up to six months for visual signs to appear. The healthier the immune system is, the greater the chances are of destroying the virus.

Treatment for Common Warts

  • Time might be the best treatment for Common Warts on hands and fingers. However, many people decide to take matters into their hands.
  • The duck tape method although strange appears to be an effectively cheap way to remove hand or finger warts.  Place a small piece of duck tape on the infected areas after the area has been washed and dried. Leave duct tape in place for a week. After seven days, soak the hand in warm water to help dissolve the glue on the duct tape to prevent a painful removal. The process is repeated if the wart is still present.  For a faster method, consider Wartrol.
  • Another option is to apply tea tree oil full strength on each wart daily. Cover with a band-aid and repeat for two weeks. Warts will turn white and fall off over time.
  • A doctor visit is an alternative option. This option is sure to result in cutting or freezing warts, which can leave scarring and can be expensive.

It is important to note that all treatments for warts, regardless of their location, are meant to remove the wart and not the virus. Because the HPV is still present in the body, warts can return after treatment. All methods of treatment will take time and in most cases require more than one attempt.

Common Warts are not life threatening and these wart treatments, aside from the scarring from the cutting option, yield no side effects.