Facts About Warts

What is a Wart?


Common and plantar warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus.

Warts can be round or irregular in shape, flat or raised from the surface of the skin. Typically, common warts grow around the nails, on the fingers and on the backs of hands, but also can be found on the knees and face (most often where the skin has been previously broken). A common wart can also be recognized by its rough, "cauliflower"-like surface.

Removing Warts

Medical experts will suggest practical and effective approaches to removing your wart. In the case of children, it may be best to try an over-the-counter product first, since office procedures performed by a doctor may frighten a child. However, compliance is a problem with many of the products available. Compound W®, the #1 pharmacist recommended leading brand of wart removal products*, is safe and effective to use on children over the age of four.

You can choose from a variety of Compound W® salicylic acid Wart Remover products including Compound W® Wart Removal Liquid, Compound W® Wart Removal Gel and Compound W® Pads.

Also available is the Compound W® Freeze Off® Wart Removal System. It allows you to easily remove both common and plantar warts at home using a "wart freezing" treatment similar to that used by medical professionals.

Whether it's a wart on your child's hand or a plantar wart on the bottom of your foot, there is a specially designed Compound W® product that can help. With effective products for adults and children over the age of four, Compound W® has been a trusted name in wart removal for almost 50 years.

Tips for Avoiding Warts

While it is impossible to completely avoid contact with human papillomavirus, there are precautions you can take to help lessen the risks of developing warts. Check out our Preventing Warts page and learn how.