What is a wart?
A wart is a small, benign (non-cancerous) bump on the skin that looks like a blister or a cauliflower. It appears on any part of the body which has been affected by a virus from the human papillomavirus family (HPV). Generally, it does not cause any pain or discomfort. However, in certain areas like the foot, it can be painful and difficult for the person to walk.
What causes a wart?
There are more than 100 different types of viruses that belong to the human papillomavirus family. When a virus from this family comes in contact with your skin, it causes an infection. This infection results in the occurrence of a wart. Warts generally appear on areas of broken skin where you have cuts or scratches as the virus can enter the top layer of your skin. Warts are also contagious. So, human contact like a shake of hands or sharing objects like towels and napkins can also spread the virus and cause warts.
Types of warts
- Common warts-
They have a rough, grainy and dome-shaped appearance. They generally appear on the fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees and toes. The skin colour on them is slightly lighter or yellowish.
- Plantar warts-
They are located on soles of the feet. Unlike other warts, they grow into the skin because of the pressure on them when the person is walking or standing. They are painful and can make walking uncomfortable.
- Warts on the face-
Two types of common warts appear on the face-
- Flat warts-
They are also known as juvenile warts as children are more prone to get them. They are usually smooth and have a slightly raised appearance. They generally appear on the forehead or cheeks. They are very tiny in size and can appear in clusters. Their colour may vary from pink to yellowish-brown.
- Flat warts-
- Filiform warts-
These warts are different compared to all other types. They protrude from the skin like spikes and are also the same colour as your skin. They usually appear around the mouth, nose or sometimes even eyes. Even though they are painless, it is best to avoid touching these warts and seek treatment immediately to avoid getting them in any other location.
- Filiform warts-
- Warts on fingers-
Common warts and Periungual warts appear on fingers. While common warts appear on fingers and knuckles, periungual warts generally appear in and around the nails. They can be painful and can affect nail growth.
- Warts on feet-
Plantar warts appear on the soles of the feet, and periungual warts appear in and around toenails. Both these types of warts can be extremely painful and make it uncomfortable to walk.
- HPV warts-
HPV or genital warts are a skin growth or bump in the genital area. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Usually, this type of infection goes away on its own, but if it doesn’t, it can cause HPV warts.
Generally, warts clear up without any treatment. It could take anywhere between a few months to a few years. However, sometimes, these warts can be painful, and they can also be unpleasant to look at, especially on the face. When that is the case, it is best to consult with a dermatologist.
Best wart removal treatment-
At Kaya, our wart removal treatment consists of radiofrequency. This treatment uses a low temperature, high energy radio waves to cauterize the wart. An electric probe is placed on the wart to burn it down slowly. The burnt skin naturally wears off within a week of the procedure. We aim to eliminate warts without creating scar tissue. This is important not only from an aesthetic point of view but also because the scar tissue can be more painful than the wart itself. So, our treatment is quite straight forward and effective.
To meet with our experts and better understand our treatment procedure give us a call or drop in at your nearest Kaya clinic.