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What are seed warts?

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Seed warts, also known as common warts, are skin growths not caused by cancer, according to WebMD. Seed warts are a type of common wart that have black dots. They get their name because of their seed-like appearance. The warts are caused by a viral skin infection.

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Seed warts are typically classified into two categories — planter warts and Palmer warts — according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Palmer warts occur on the hands or face, while planter warts occur on the feet. Warts can be transferred from person to person, and often, they will go away on their own. Some will spread, but they can be removed by doctors. People with poor immune systems are more likely to suffer from these warts.

Seed warts are more likely found where the skin is already broken, states the American Academy of Dermatology. They can be treated and removed by freezing them with liquid nitrogen, cutting them out surgically, lasering them off or using topical treatments such as Imiquimod and Bleomycin, Warts.com explains. Freezing them off can leave scars, and surgically removing them has a higher rate for reccurence.

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