When Warts May Be Serious
Warts are small bumps, caused by a virus, that develop on the skin. While they're generally not cause for concern, some symptoms indicate that a doctor should examine a wart.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine says you should seek a physician's advice if:
- The wart bleeds, leaks discharge or pus, has red streaks, or you have a fever.
- You want to have the wart removed and it's not going away.
- The wart causes pain.
- The wart appears on the genitals or anus.
- Your immune system is weakened by HIV, or you're diabetic.
- The wart changes in appearance or color.