Warts

WARTS

Warts are small benign growth on the skin with a rough texture. Viral infections mostly cause warts. The skin with wart looks like a solid blister. HPVs have gained widespread attention in the development of various skin conditions.  It is almost impossible to prevent infection with HPVs. It is also a fact that most warts clear up without any treatment.

            TYPES OF WARTS

          There are five major types of warts

  • Common warts:  Most often on your fingers or hands
  • Genital warts:    These are soft warts that appear on the genitals
  • Filiform warts:    Occur on  lips, eyelids, and neck
  • Flat warts:            Mostly on the face, back of hands and legs
  • Foot warts           Heels or weight-bearing areas of the feet

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Small bumps that appear fleshy or grainy
  • They may be of the same color as that of flesh or white, tanned or pink
  • They are rough to touch.
  • Warts usually have a black pinpoint. These are typically small, clotted blood vessels.

CAUSES

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

This is the only cause for warts. A patient can contract the virus after getting a cut or scrape on the skin. That is why the majority of the patients are children. It is also common to get warts on the area that a patient shaves.

Warts are easily transferable from one area of the body to the other. Moreover, it can also spread from person to person.

TREATMENT

  • Peeling Medicine

The most common choice, in this case, is the use of salicylic acid. A prescription-strength peeling medicine helps in the removal of the wart layer by layer.  Salicylic acid does not work; the doctor can recommend other types of peeling medication for treatment.

  • Cryotherapy

The other name for this method is freezing. A patient can get this treatment in the doctor’s office. The doctor may apply liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart. This creates a blister on the wart. The dead tissue of the wart then falls off naturally in a few weeks.

  • Surgery

Sometime, the patient may need minor surgery. However, it leaves a scar in the area.

  • Laser

The laser helps to cauterize the blood vessels of the wart. This causes the wart to die. However, this method of treatment can cause pain and leave a scar.

Our specialist doctors at MyDoc Urgent Care always prefer to treat warts non-surgically. However, if required, our clinics are well-equipped with state of the art equipment to perform minor surgeries. Therefore, come and visit us and get an assessment for your warts by one of our doctors.