The term ‘warts’ covers many kind of lesions, the most common are fortunately benign. The general term usually refers to warts on fingers which are caused by infectious human papillomaviruses.
Other forms of warts are the ‘witches warts’ or interdermal nevi, again harmless though when occuring on faces can cause ugly and unwanted blemishes which tend to grow larger and darker over time.
‘Witches warts’ which is the term used to describe these dermal lesions cause ugly blemishes on faces and necks can be painlessly and very quickly removed with our fractional lasers, as although they appear as dome shaped bumps are filled with harmless collagen and are swiftly removed without leaving surgical scars.
Other warts known as ‘plantar’ warts often occur on the soles of feet, again caused by infection viruses, and these are covered in another part of our treatments.
Hand warts are more difficult to remove than dermal nevi, and are usually found on the fingers of hands requiring two or more treatments, depending on size and location. However, they are successfully treated with our fractional Co2 lasers also and leave no surgical scars whatsoever.
When the withered scab falls away, only smooth slightly pink skin remains which returns to a normal colour within a matter of weeks. All sign of the lesion will disappear within a short time.
This treatment removes warts quickly without old fashioned chemical or invasive surgical treatment and is another one of our “see and treat” services where we are able to provide swift treatment for you to return to work or go straight home.
Large hand wart before treatment.
Unsightly wart on bridge of nose.
Total scar less removal of hand wart.
Large witch’s wart on face, removed with no scarring.
What are Warts?
• Warts are small and usually painless growths on the skin.
• They come in many forms and sizes.
• They are typically raised and circular in shape with a rough surface.
• They are a different shade to the surrounding area, and can sometimes be partially or totally grey or black.
• They are usually non-cancerous.
Are Warts Infectious?
Most Warts are infectious, apart from Seborrhoeic Warts. People catch warts from other people. The most common way is direct skin to skin contact, such as shaking hands with someone who has warts.
You can also get them from indirect skin contact such as sharing towels with someone who has warts. The virus is more likely to cause warts when they come into contact with skin that is damaged, cut or wet. After you become infected it can take weeks to months for a wart to appear.
Seborrhoeic Warts/Seborrhoeic Keratoses
Also called senile warts or old man’s barnacles these lesions often appear flat and the colour varies from shiny/glossy skin coloured, white, brown, black and wine coloured. The surface might appear rough and thread-like and raised patches can sometimes be felt like lumps in the skin surface layer.
These warts are not contagious and are caused by a combination of hereditary reasons, sun damage and ageing. This is the only wart that is not caused by an infection of the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Seborrhoeic warts are fibrous growths, a little mass of keratinized tissue, which sometimes have a vascular supply, more often they do not. This skin imperfection is connected with a slowing down of the basal rate of mitotic activity in the skin. As the skins ability to regenerate slows down with age, it seems that the incidence of these imperfections increases. They usually occur from the age of 40 onwards.
Flat Seborrhoeic Warts
Flat Seborrhoeic Warts have a flat top and look like they have been scraped.
They give the impression that they have been stuck onto the skin.
Their size varies from one centimetre to several centimetres across.
You should see your doctor if:
You have warts on sensitive parts of your body (e.g., genitals, mouth, nostrils)
You notice bleeding or signs of infection, such as pus or scabbing, around a wart.
The wart is painful.
The colour of the wart changes.
You have warts and diabetes or an immune deficiency, such as HIV/AIDS
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