Warts are one of the most common skin problems, affecting a large part of the population, especially children and teenagers. Warts are small, non-cancerous, local growths in the skin. They usually appear on hands and feet, but can affect any parts of the body. They have an unaesthetic look and may cause itchiness and pain. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which infects the top layer of the skin. The wart is formed when the top layer of skin grows rapidly, and becomes unaesthetic.
The infection can be transmitted through close skin-to-skin contact, but also indirectly, by contact with contaminated objects or surfaces, such as shoes or the area surrounding the swimming pools. You are mostly vulnerable if you have an area of broken skin. After you have been infected, it can take months before you notice the wart. Moreover, if you are already infected, you can spread the virus to other parts of your body, by scratching or biting the wart.
There are multiple types of warts, depending on the area where they develop. Therefore, the common warts usually appear on the hands, but they can grow anywhere. They are rough, dome-shaped growths and can also have a cauliflower-like appearance. The plantar warts, or verrucae, are found on the soles of the feet and can be very painful, causing problems with walking. They are usually white and have a black dot in the center. The subungual and periungual warts can be localized under and around the fingernails or toenails, they have a rough surface and may affect the shape of the nail. The plane warts are most commonly affecting young children. They appear on the legs, hands and face and the infected person can have from one to several hundred warts, which develop in clusters. Another type of warts is the genital warts, which appear in the genital area, both in the public area and inside the vagina.
We can infer that warts come in all shapes and sizes and determining which type of wart you are infected with is an important step in implementing the most effective wart removal treatment. Although most warts clear up with time, it may take years before the infection is completely removed, and so, most people opt for a quick and effective solution to this problem. If a wart has appeared on your skin, consulting a doctor is the most appropriate step you can take. A specialist can usually diagnose the warts immediately, but there are also cases when a biopsy is required in order to determine if the lump on your skin is a wart and not a symptom of skin cancer.
At Renew Skin & Health Clinic, specialists are prepared to offer you a professional consultation and design the most suitable treatment for your warts, by taking into consideration your medical history and your current health condition. Depending on the type of wart you have, there are minimally invasive procedures, such as radiosurgery, which is ideal for genital warts removal and laser therapy, namely ND:Yag and CO2 laser especially for facial and verrucae removal. They ensure a fast removal of the wart and minimal to no scarring remaining.
If warts are interfering with your life, if you are embarrassed with how your skin looks and you need to find a quick, lasting solution for your problem, do not hesitate to call at Renew Skin & Health Clinic and make an appointment.