Warts & Veruccas
WHAT ARE WARTS?
Warts are small, grainy skin growths that occur most often on your fingers or hands. Common warts are caused by a virus and are transmitted by touch. It can take a wart as long as two to six months to develop after your skin has been exposed to the virus. Warts and verruca’s can vary in shape, size and colour, but typically, they are brownish colour, round and slightly asymmetrical.
Warts on the feet are called verruca’s (or verrucae) and are sometimes painful. Warts are usually harmless and eventually disappear on their own after a period of time. However, warts and verruca’s may be unsightly and bothersome for most people. If required, they can cleared more quickly with verruca removal treatment.
TYPES OF WARTS
They are different types of warts that are broadly classified into five different types. These include:
Common warts: Found mainly on your fingers and toes, these warts may appear in other parts of your body as well. The most common type of wart with a dry and rough surface, a rounded top and is usually grey in appearance.
Plantar Warts: Plantar warts grow into the skin that covers the soles of your feet, rather than growing out of it. A small hole in the bottom of your foot which is surrounded by hardened skin indicates the growth of a plantar wart. They are an indication of HPV which is why you should get tested if you have this wart.
Flat warts: Found on the face, thighs, or arms, these are tiny growths that are flat on the top. They are pink, brown, or slightly yellow in color.
Filiform Warts: These grow on and around the mouth, nose, neck, or the area below your chin. They are small tags with the same color as your skin, and their surface has fingers-like projections.
Periungual warts: Found under and around your toenails and fingernails, these can be painful and affect healthy nail growth.
A wart is composed of an abnormal proliferation of cells of the epidermis; the overproduction of these cells is caused by viral infection. Warts are caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus causes an excess amount of keratin, a hard protein, to develop in the top skin layer (epidermis). The extra keratin produces the rough, hard texture of a wart.
- Warts aren’t considered very contagious, but they can be caught by close skin-to-skin contact.
- The infection can also be transmitted indirectly from contaminated objects or surfaces, such as the area surrounding a swimming pool.
- You are more likely to get infected if your skin is wet or damaged.
HOW CAN WE HELP
These conditions can be successfully treated and easily removed with CryoPen. CryoPen is one of the most common ways to get rid of warts. It freezes the skin cells so that the wart will eventually fall off and is less likely to cause scarring. It may also lower the chances that warts will spread to other parts of your body.
The use of liquid nitrogen from the CryoPen on your wart kills the wart-infected cells and creates a blister around and under them. It takes about a week or so for the dead skin to slough off. Smaller warts can usually be treated within one session with CryoPen and depending on the targeted area, larger warts might need several sessions. 1-3 sessions may be required, usually 2-3 weeks apart. There is no downtime or pain with this treatment.
If you wish to improve your skin’s appearance and get rid of troublesome warts or verruca’s. Book a consultation with our skin specialist.
NEED TO KNOW
- Don’t pick at warts. Picking may spread the virus.
- Don’t bite your fingernails. Warts occur more often in skin that has been broken. Nibbling the skin around your fingernails opens the door for the virus.
- Groom with care. And avoid brushing, clipping or shaving areas that have warts.
- After treatment, a scab will form on the skin which will fall off naturally.
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If you wish to treat warts on your skin and permanently remove lesions. Book your consultation today.