Bleeding and Warts: What You Need to Know

About one-third of youths have warts along with 5% of adults. Most warts don’t cause symptoms and resolve on their own or with the help of a dermatologist. But if your wart starts to bleed, you’re probably concerned.   

At Stoll Dermatology in Beverly Hills, California, our board-certified dermatologist, David Stoll, MD, has years of experience diagnosing and treating skin conditions of all kinds — including warts. Dr. Stoll provides fast and effective treatment to help make your worries about warts a thing of the past. 

There are different reasons a wart might bleed, and we’ve put together this post to tell you what you need to know about bleeding, warts, and when to seek help. 

What are warts?

Warts are small growths on the skin caused by a common virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus infects the skin cells, which causes them to grow faster than normal. While unsightly, warts are typically painless. They can spread to any part of your body, and they look different depending on the thickness of the skin on which they’re growing and their location on your body.

Common warts

Common warts can appear anywhere but are more prevalent on body parts like knuckles, fingers, knees, elbows, or areas with broken skin. They’re firm, with a rough surface that may resemble cauliflower. These warts may sometimes have dark spots, which are blood vessels under the skin.

Plantar warts

Plantar warts can be painful due to their location in high-pressure places, like the bottom of your feet, heels, and toes. They typically grow into your skin due to the pressure your weight puts on your foot and have a small black dot surrounded by harder tissue. 

Plane warts   

Plane warts, or flat warts, are flat in appearance and tend to grow on skin that’s exposed to the sun. These warts are usually round and smooth and can vary from the same color as your skin to yellow or brown. This type of wart tends to grow in large numbers but also resolves quickly on its own.  

Are there treatments for warts?

Warts are one of the most common conditions Dr. Stoll treats in his practice. Warts don’t typically signify a deeper problem and often resolve on their own, although it can take months or even years. And while most warts aren’t painful, they can be uncomfortable if they’re in a troublesome location — like the bottom of your foot or the joint of a finger. 

There are numerous treatment options for warts. Dr. Stoll evaluates your symptoms to determine the best course of action for any warts you have and may recommend:

While Dr. Stoll usually diagnoses warts based on their appearance, he may examine a growth under a microscope when it’s unclear whether it’s a wart, if it differs in color from the surrounding skin or grows quickly, or when the wart bleeds frequently. 

What do I need to know about bleeding and warts?

If you have a wart that starts to bleed, don’t panic. Warts use your blood to supply their growth. In some warts, you can see dark spots or black dots. These are blood vessels that supply blood to the wart. If the wart is scraped or scratched, these blood vessels may be exposed, causing the wart to bleed.

Cover the wart with a bandage or gauze until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding is significant, you can apply ice or you can raise the affected body part above your heart if possible to slow the blood flow. 

If the wart is in an area that’s likely to be scraped or irritated again, keep it covered after the bleeding stops. If the bleeding is frequent or unexplained, or if it’s accompanied by burning, itching, or pain or is swollen or oozing pus, it’s best to have the wart evaluated by a dermatologist. 

Don’t try to cut away or remove a bleeding wart on your own. This could cause further damage to the blood vessels and could lead to significant scarring. 

To learn more about warts and what to do if they’re bleeding, contact our Beverly Hills office by calling or booking an appointment online.

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