Difference between Wart and Plantar Wart

Key Difference: A wart is a rough growth that appears most commonly on the hands and fingers or on the soles of the feet. They can also appear on the other parts of the body like the face, arms or legs and sometimes grow in the genital or anal area. Plantar wart is a type of wart. They are both caused by HPV or Human Papillomavirus.

Warts are common ailments caused by the HPV virus. A wart is a rough growth that appears most commonly on the hands and fingers or on the soles of the feet. They can also appear on the other parts of the body like the face, arms or legs and sometimes grow in the genital or anal area. They may appear in any size that is larger or smaller. The term warts are sometimes interlinked with pimples because their appearance is red in color, but they are also usually white and grey colored. A wart is usually visible. They can be very painful when they get infected and inflamed. Otherwise, warts are usually painless.

Plantar wart is a type of wart. It is also caused by HPV or Human Papillomavirus. The plantar warts are not harmful, and eventually, within two years, most warts go away without any treatment. Warts itself may cause irritation or pain, depending on their location. Plantar warts are basically very small in size. Sometimes, they may grow in cluster, again depending on the location, those are called as mosaic warts. They are also spread by person to person. A person’s risk of getting a wart varies mostly from hand or foot.

Comparison between Wart and Plantar Wart:

 

Wart

Plantar Wart

Description

A wart is a rough growth that appears most commonly on the hands and fingers or on the soles of the feet.

A wart occurring on the sole of the foot are mostly known as plantar warts. The pressure causes plantar warts to develop a painful callus around its soft center.

Prone area of the skin

  • Hands
  • Finger
  • Feet
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Face

Mostly on hands and legs

Caused by

Virus – Human Papilloma Virus

Virus – Human Papilloma Virus

Types

  • Common warts
  • Plantar warts
  • Genital warts
  • Mosaic warts
  • Periungual warts
  • Flat warts

Seeds wart

 

Symptoms and Signs

Warts may appear as a bump with a rough surface, or it may be flat and smooth surface. Tiny blood vessels grow. They are usually rough, gray, brown and dome shaped growth.

Leg or back pain possibly caused by poor posture

Smooth surface with a gray-yellow or brown color

Usually flat because of pressure

Image Courtesy: wisegeek.com, healthcentral.com

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