Wart FAQ's

The 5 Most Common Warts: Which are the most Contagious?

Written by Dave

Warts are contagious i.e. they can be transmitted from an infected person to a healthy person by direct contact with the skin or other means. The virus that causes these warts is believed to enter the body through a damaged skin.

The type of infection i.e. the HPV strain determines the development and contagiousness of warts. There are five most common contagious warts which shall be succinctly but cogently discussed below.




Genital warts are soft growths that appear on the genitals, and they are sexually transmitted infections (STI) which are caused by certain strains of human papilloma virus (HPV). Genital warts can be contagious even after treatment.

Genital warts are caused by some types of Human papilloma virus (HPV) and the virus that causes this can spread even after it has been treated and can be gotten easily through a genital-to-genital contact.

The HPV types 6 and 11 are the common types of HPV that cause genital warts. Genital warts are dangerous especially for women as some types of HPV can cause cancer of the cervix and vulva.




Periungual warts are a cauliflower-like cluster of warts that occur around the nails.

The infection may not only spread by direct, interpersonal contact but also by inanimate objects handled by an infected person which may also carry the virus.

Sometimes, these warts grow under the nail and disfigures the nail. They usually appear as thickened, fissured cauliflower-like skin around the nail plate.


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Filiform warts are benign (non-cancerous) growths on the skin which are usually noticed on individuals that have been infected with Human Papilloma Virus. These warts often appear on the face, especially on the eyelids and lips.

 Symptoms like itching, bleeding, and long growth of warts on the skin, often occur. They are caused by some strains of HPV which are: HPV 1, 2, 4, 27 and 29.

Filiform warts can spread when there is a contact with potentially infected surfaces like shower floors or surrounding surface around the pool, when there is also a direct contact with the skin of the infected person and, of course, it can also spread when you share clothes with the infected person.

Filiform warts are highly contagious, and that is why we should avoid coming in contact with those that have it. You should also remember that HPV can be gotten from public places and if you have a cut on your skin, you should make sure it is covered.




Flat warts are tumor-like masses on the skin, and they are called “flat warts” because they look like a flat growth resembling a light mole. Flat warts are contagious, and they spread very fast. There are strains of HPV that cause this wart, and they include HPV type 3, 10, 28 and 49.

They can occur due to direct contact with an infected person or can be contracted indirectly when a person comes in touch with the virus-prone areas such as public shower, swimming pool, locker rooms and door knobs, etc.




Common warts or Verrucae Vulgaris is one of those contagious diseases, and it is also usually transmitted from one individual to another via physical contact. Common warts usually grow on fingers and hands, especially around the fingernails.

Common warts can also spread within the body once infected from one area to a different site.

About the author


Hi there! I'm Dave & our family has struggled with our share of warts. I made this website as a free, online resource for information on the differing types of warts, as well as wart treatments. While I fancy myself a pretty good Dad, I'm no doctor - it goes without saying that this website is NOT a substitute for medical advice!