Black warts are shocking to those expecting to see skin colored or light colored warts. When warts suddenly or gradually turn black, some may hail this as a victory against the wart. However, not all black warts are dead or dying, and in some cases, this can be a sign of a wart getting worse. Learning to recognize the true signs of a dying wart is priceless when working on wart removal. Close monitoring of warts during treatment can help prevent you from ending treatment prematurely and letting warts regrow. Learn how to spot the differences by reading the article on a black wart below.
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Why do my warts turn black?
There are several reasons warts may turn black and thus there is no single answer to this question. The most popular and hopeful answer is the death of a wart, but this isn’t always the case. First, it is important to understand that warts are an overgrowth of skin. As there are many ways that your skin can darken, the same applies to warts as well.
Here are a few of the primary reasons warts may turn black:
- The wart is dying from treatment.
- The wart died naturally and will disappear.
- The top layer of the wart was damaged from freezing, burning, acids.
- The wart has an increased blood supply and is growing.
- Injury to the wart from trauma.
Overall if you have been regularly treating your warts and they begin to turn black, that is a very good sign. In this case, it is very likely that the treatment was successful and your wart has begun to die off. Untreated warts can also die naturally in a few months or a year, and the blackness can be evidence of that. Most blackened warts that are not dying are only partially black, instead of black throughout the entire wart.
There is not just one type
When you suspect that your wart is not actually dying and you need to determine what the black part of the wart really means, close inspection is necessary. There are several types of black but non-dying warts in this case. The first type is frequently called a seed wart. This is a misnomer as no warts contain actual seeds. To learn the truth about the seed wart click this link. The second commonly blackened wart is the mosaic wart. Lastly, some warts are simply darker in color as a normal variation.
In addition to these types of black warts, it is also important to remember that many warts are skin-colored or slightly darker. Therefore if your skin tone is darkened it is possible to have black warts as normal warts. Another misconception are those who mistake seborrheic warts for common warts due to not fully understanding the differences. For a fully detailed overview on common warts you can check this article.
It’s on my feet
Black warts on your feet could be one type of wart that are very common called mosaic warts.
Mosaic warts can be distinguished by these features:
- Clusters of warts.
- Covering a large part of the foot.
- A mix of various colors.
Some people assume they are not plantar warts because they appear in tight groups. Contrary to popular belief, mosaic warts are not different from plantar warts. They are the result of plantar warts left untreated and allowed to fuse into a cluster. They can also occur when a single plantar wart is damaged from self-removal attempts like cutting. Cutting out a wart on your own is very likely just to cause them to spread and fuse into clusters.
Mosaic warts are often black or have black specks representing the high level of blood circulation which allows them to continue to get worse. The longer they are ignored and the deeper they are pushed into your foot from walking can cause them to blacken further. Prompt treatment can prevent and remove mosaic warts.
What if I have black genital warts?
Genital warts are one of the cases where black warts frequently mean the wart is dead or dying. It is important to note that if the wart itself is black when it first appears or is first noticed, this is not a dying wart. Once again warts can come in all colors, and while black is rarer, it is possible. Make sure you are aware if your wart has turned black or has always been this darkened color.
Remember to continue treating a dying wart, especially if the blackened part of the wart is only the top layer. Warts contain many layers and will usually die slowly in stages as the medicine penetrates deeper. Using a nail file to file away dead top layers then reapply to speed up wart death. Do not use the nail file for anything else after wart use.
A genital wart that has turned black after treatment is usually dying. If it has just begun to turn black, do not cease treatment. Instead, continue treating the wart for as long as directed on the medication you use, or until it is completely gone. Stopping treatment too early on a dying wart can allow it the opportunity to return as well as spread.
It’s on my finger
A black wart on your finger can be quite shocking when you realize it doesn’t match the normal pictures of warts you’ve seen online. However, you should consider the reason before this before panicking. Sometimes warts are just naturally black or dark brown. These warts are still common warts and treatment does not need any special changes.
Among the other possibilities for black finger warts are:
- Post-treatment effect on wart.
- Dying wart.
- Close to or matching skin tone.
- Not actually a wart.
As mentioned before, wart treatments can greatly alter the look of a wart. Acids like apple cider vinegar or salicylic acid treatments can quickly cause warts to turn black. In these cases, the defeat of the wart is near as the treatment is working. Those with dark complexions can have similarly dark warts. Additionally it is a possible misdiagnosis and the supposed wart can instead be a mole or what are nicknamed “water warts.” Molluscum contagiosum, or water warts, are not actually warts at all. To learn more about the frequently misdiagnosed water warts, visit this page.
What if it is on my toe?
Black warts on your toe are typically plantar warts once again. Most warts that affect the feet are plantar warts. Of course mosaic warts are a possibility as well if you allow your plantar warts to get out of hand without treatment. There are not any special type of black warts on the feet that need a treatment that is different from normal.
The standard guideline about black warts holds true for toe warts as well. If they turn black after treatment it is a good sign. If there are little black specks or spots on the wart it means the blood supply is strong and it is probably here to stay and will continue to grow. If the toe wart is not deep, flat, or covered by a callus then freezing it off is often the best option.
Why do I have warts with black dots?
Warts with black dots are frequently called seed warts. Much misinformation exists online about these dots being the roots or seeds that warts begin to grow from. This is false as the black dots merely represent the blood supply of the wart. As warts are simply overgrown skin, they have a blood supply just like any other part of your skin. Sometimes the color of the wart makes it far easier to see the blood supply than others. Also these can be specks of actual blood due to some injury or death of the wart itself.
Black dots are not a good sign because a wart with adequate blood supply that remains untreated will likely continue to grow and perhaps even multiply. Wart growth can be quite extreme and grow so quickly that the little blood vessels get crushed within the wart itself. This is another cause for black specks, especially those that appeared suddenly. Bottom line is that any black speckled wart should be treated as soon as possible.
Black warts can be a perfectly normal coloration of a wart or it can mean your warts are getting worse. Fully evaluating the characteristics of a blackened wart can help you discover which of these two scenarios has occurred. Do not worry that black warts are a special type of wart that needs unique treatment as this is never the case. Monitor your symptoms in case of dying warts to make sure you don’t end removal efforts too soon.
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