Warts

Information on the causes, symptoms and diagnosis of common warts

Wart treatment and removal options

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About Warts

Warts are caused by the human papilloma wart virus (HPV virus) that is transmissible from person to person but bodily contact.

In itself the virus is not harmful but is does causes warty hard skin eruptions from time to time especially when people are run down or stressed. Most adults will have contracted a type HPV virus at some point in their life and according to which type depends on where if occurs.

The most common sites for warts are

  • Hands and fingers
  • Feet also known as verrucas or plantar warts
  • Face particularly facial warts on the chin and lip area in men
  • Body
  • Genital areas see genital warts treatments

Warts are often unsightly, and can be irritating or painful. In children, warts can disappear without treatment over a period of several months to years. Warts in adults often do not disappear as easily or as quickly as they do in children. They usually continue to spread and grow unless treated, and so many sufferers opt for wart removal.

Wart Removal Methods

  • The treatment for warts depends on where they are located, the size and how thick the wart is.
  • Home remedies / pharmacy lotions etc are good to use for small thin new warts that are a few mm in size but not for the face
  • The next step would be for freezing by a doctor to help speed up the removal of the wart and to stop if growing
  • Last resort for treatment is laser surgery where the wart or warts are precisely removed leaving a graze like wound that heals over a few weeks. This is often for stubborn or resistant thick warts

Key Facts

  • Warts grow and don’t already disappear on their own therefore if it is getting bigger see a doctor
  • Warts are a virus that remains with you for life so recurrence is possible
  • Treatment is better when they are small and thin

Wart removal is available in London at our clinics in the following locations – Putney, Harley Street, Kensington as well as inner-city London.

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