What warts look like

Warts can look different. They can be:

  • Tiny or big.
  • White, pink, brown or the exact color of your skin.
  • Flat, rounded, or long and skinny.
  • Rough or smooth.

You might have just one or two warts, or you might get a whole bunch. You can get warts almost anywhere on your body. Some types of warts usually show up on certain places on your body:

  • Your face: Flat warts and long skinny warts that look like tiny fingers usually appear on your face. 
  • The bottoms of your feet: Warts that are large flat bumps on the bottoms of your feet are very common. They are called plantar warts because the bottom surface of the foot is called the "plantar surface." Plantar warts sometimes hurt when you walk on them; you might feel like you have a stone in your shoe.
  • Your fingers: These warts sometimes look like blisters, but feel harder. Sometimes, the warts on your fingers can make your nails grow weird.  

Some people think warts have roots, like a plant, but they don't. Sometimes warts have tiny black spots in them that look like seeds. But they aren't seeds. It's just that the blood that feeds the wart has dried. Don't worry, it's normal to get this.

Molluscum bumps are usually small and round. They're skin-colored, pink or red. They kind of look like pimples, but you get them in places where you usually don't get pimples. You can get them on your arms or legs, stomach, or even your bottom.


                Warts on a hand Warts on a person's hand.

                Warts on a face Warts on a person's face.

                Plantar warts on a footPlantar warts on the bottom of a person’s foot 

                Warts on fingers Warts on on a person's finger.

                Molluscum contagiosum on the neckMolluscum contagiosum on a child’s neck.

Next: How to get rid of warts.

Photo references:
Photos used with permission of the American Academy of Dermatology National Library of Dermatologic Teaching Slides.