What are Warts?
Warts are rough and bumpy growths of skin caused by the human papilloma wart virus (HPV virus).
In itself the virus is not harmful, but it does causes unpleasant, warty hard skin eruptions from time to time, especially when people are run down or stressed.
Warts are contagious and easily transmissible from person to person through bodily contact. 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 and toes (also known as verrucas or plantar warts)
- Face particularly facial warts on the chin and lip area in men
- Genital areas see genital warts
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. Treatment is always better when they are small and thin
- Home remedies / pharmacy lotions etc are good to try 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
Wart removal is available in London at our clinics in the following locations – Putney, Harley Street, South Kensington as well as inner-city London.