Warts Law and Legal Definition

Warts are small, usually painless, and generally harmless growths on the skin caused by a virus. Warts can be disfiguring and embarrassing, and occasionally they itch or hurt.

The different types of warts include:

  • Common warts: usually appear on the hands, but can appear anywhere.
  • Flat warts: generally found on the face and forehead.
  • Genital warts
  • Plantar warts: found on the soles of the feet.
  • Subungual and periungual warts: appear under and around the fingernails or toenails

Some warts will go away without treatment, although it can sometimes take a couple of years. Treated or not, warts that go away often reappear. Genital warts are quite contagious, while common, flat, and plantar warts are much less contagious. All warts can spread from one part of your own body to another.