What are skin warts?
Skin warts are a type of skin infection – small, non-cancerous growths caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). This virus finds a way in to the human body from an area where the skin is cut or broken and infects the epidermis. The virus then triggers excessive growth of the skin and this growth is what results in wart formation. They look like raised bumps on the skin. While warts are mostly non-threatening, people get warts treatment done because it may look cosmetically disfiguring.
While it is true that HPV causes warts, it is also important to note that NOT everyone who gets this virus will get a wart. A person with a strong immunity will be less susceptible than one with a chronic skin condition such as eczema.
Are skin warts contagious?
The sad truth. Yes! Warts are contagious. You can get a wart by touching a wart on someone else’s body. You may also get a wart by touching a surface that has come in contact with someone’s wart, for example, a hand towel. So much so, you may yourself spread a wart from one part of your body to another.
Can warts be prevented?
Well, there is only so much you can do. You can wash your hands each time you fidget with your own wart. Prevent skin cuts and breakage. For example, try to not bite your nails if you have such a habit. Use public areas with care.
Types of Warts:
There are 5 different types of skin warts and they are all seen on different parts of the body. The type of wart depends on where it is and what it looks like.
- Common Warts – can grow anywhere on the body but are usually seen on fingers and toes. They are rounded on top. They may appear individually or in groups.
- Plantar Warts – can grow anywhere on the foot but are usually seen on the soles. They are normally at the skin level or just beneath it. That is because pressure from standing and walking, levels it or pushes in under the skin.
- Flat Warts – usually seen on the face, legs or arms. They normally appear in groups. As the name suggests, they are flat and not easily noticeable.
- Filiform Warts – usually seen around the mouth, nose or the beard area. This does not imply suggest that these warts are usually seen in men.
- Periungual Warts – mostly grow under and around the nails, both fingers and toes.
What should you look out for?
You must definitely see a dermatologist if you observe any of the following:
- Growth on the genitals, mouth, or any other sensitive area
- Warts start to pain or bleed
- If they change colour
Treatment of warts:
Skin warts treatment can be done by excision using Radio-frequency (RF) or by LASER.
There are certain oral medicines which have to be given for a few months after excision, to prevent recurrences.
Get in touch with us, to know more or to get your wart treated.