A patient getting wart removal treatment on her finger by a skin specialist.

Wart Removal Treatment

Warts are a type of skin infection caused by a virus known as human papilloma virus (HPV). Warts can occur at any age. It is however, less frequent at infancy and early childhood.

The various types of warts are:

Common warts

Plantar warts

Plane warts

Filiform warts

Anogenital warts

Warts generally spread either by direct / bodily contact or by indirect contact via swimming pool, shower room floors, etc. The most common places where warts are seen are fingers, feet (where it is mostly confused with corn), face, and the genital area.

Treatment for warts:

There are two lines of treatment: medical and surgical. Medical treatment includes application of salicylic acid cream, podo phyllo toxin, five-fluorouracil and imiquimod.

Surgical treatment includes removal of wart using cryo therapy with liquid nitrogen, cautery / electrocoagulation, and CO2 LASER. These are non-invasive treatments that do not require hospitalization or post operative care. There is a downtime of 2-3 days and topical creams are prescribed.