There’s no denying how annoying it is to have a wart. They stick out, they can come with symptoms like itching and irritation, and they just plain get in the way. When it comes to locations, you’ll find warts pretty much anywhere. Your feet, hands, arms and legs… almost nothing is immune to the pesky virus that causes them. One area you could find yourself with a wart is your face. Although it has nothing to do with being dirty and disgusting, face warts can be disturbing all the same.

Facial Warts

Warts on your face can be one of the worst places to get them, simply because of how annoyingly obvious a place they are. It’s much harder to hide a wart on say, your nose, than somewhere like a toe or even your hand.

Face warts can happen at any age.

Wart on face

What are they?

The culprit behind all warts is HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus. It gets into your skin through tiny breaks where it then replicates until growing enough excess tissue to form a wart. There are different strains for different types. For example, the common wart is from a completely different strain than genital warts.

One part of warts on the face that can be very bothersome are ones around the eye. The growths can get in the way of your vision and be generally annoying. More detailed information on eye warts can be found here.

Types Of Face Warts

There are several kinds of warts you’ll find on your face:

  • Wart at eyeFiliform warts: These warts are known by their many fingerlike projections coming out from them. They generally tend to stick up more than other warts do and are flesh-colored. Filiform warts usually grow more by the eyes, mouth and nostrils than other warts.

    Information
    Sometimes a cold sore can be confused with a wart. Both are caused by a virus, but while warts are the result of HPV, cold sores are from the Herpes Simplex Virus. Cold sores are lumpy and grow in clusters on and around the lips. Warts look different and don’t normally grow into the lip tissue.
  • Eye common wartThe common wart: Common warts have a smooth surface and are rounded and more even. Their color can vary, from flesh-colored, to pink, to red. You’ll find them pretty much all over the body, including the face.
  • Eye flat wartFlat Warts: Flat warts can be found in various areas of the body, including the face. They are usually flesh-colored, and are long and oval-shaped, usually appearing in groupings.

Filiform warts can be hard to deal with since they stick out more than normal and are one of the uglier ones. But there’s ways to beat them! To learn more about a filiform wart, click here.

Warts you won’t find on the face

Even though there are several types you can get on your face, there’s some you can’t. One of these types is plantar warts. Plantar warts grow on the bottom of your feet, usually in the areas with pressure, like the ball of your foot, bottom of your toes, and under your heel. As the wart grows, the pressure from walking pressed the wart into the skin, spreading it outward. Usually they are calloused and have black dots in it, called “wart seeds, ” which are really coagulated blood vessels. Their size ranges from a centimeter or so, to much bigger than an eraser head.

Face warts can spread to your eyes and nose.

There are many treatment options when it comes to wart removal. You can go to a doctor or even do it at home yourself. For more details on how to remove warts on face, go here.

What About Genital Warts?

The beauty of genital warts is that you’ll never find them on your face. Genital warts are from a strain of HPV specific to those type. They are extremely contagious, spreading through simple skin-to-skin contact. They also come back at regular intervals, meaning that you’ll need to maintain them throughout your life. But the good news is that genital warts are treatable, meaning that you don’t have to put up with them for long when you do have an outbreak.

On exception to genital warts is that they can be spread to the mouth and throat through oral sex. Sometimes they’ll get inside the lip, possibly creeping up onto the lip itself. This is not the same as a face wart. If you think you have genital warts, see a doctor and don’t use standard wart treatment methods yourself.

Eye warts can show up anywhere around the eye, including the eyelid. This can make it difficult to keep the eye comfortably open, if the wart is large enough. To learn more about warts on eyelids, go here.

Warning
If you’ve got face warts that have spread to your eye or mouth area, be very careful with treatment, or see a medical professional. The standard wart removal method of salicylic acid will damage the eye tissue if it gets into it, as will at-home freeze kits. Tissue in the mouth can be affected as well.

Prevention

Hands washingGetting warts can be prevented.

Follow these steps if you want to avoid getting face warts:

  1. Location: Remember that HPV is found in warm and moist areas, specifically where many people are using it. Public pools, locker rooms, saunas, etc are the perfect breeding ground for the virus.
  2. Touching: People touch their face over a hundred times a day without even realizing it. This can make it easy to transfer HPV to it, especially if you’ve got even a small break in the skin. Wash your hands frequently, especially if you’re going to be somewhere that HPV is easily found.

Have you got a wart on your nose? You can find both common warts and filiform warts here. To learn more about warts on nose, go here.

Face warts aren’t fun, but they don’t have to be the most horrible thing you’ve experienced. Get the facts, get treatment, and avoid other warts in the future!