Warts are small lumps that often develop on the skin of the hands and feet as well as other parts of the body. They can vary in appearance and may develop singly or in clusters.
Verrucas are warts that develop on the soles of the feet.
Warts are non-cancerous, but can resemble certain cancers.
Most people will have warts at some point in their life. They tend to affect children and teenagers more than adults.
Warts are caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus causes the top layer of the skin (epidermis) to produce excessive amounts of keratin, a hard protein, to develop. This gives rise to the appearance of the lesion on the skin.
There are a number of treatments available for warts an no single treatment is 100% effective, and the wart may return.
Treatments vary and include topical ointments, chemicals and freezing spray. Occasionally the wart is shaved off prior to starting topical treatment. Repeated treatments are often required to get rid of the wart.
Wart removal at the Skin & Scar Clinic is performed under a local anaesthetic and typically carried out via surgical excision. This involves a small incision over the cyst which allows it to be removed safely and with minor
While it’s true that warts can be caught by skin-to-skin contact, they’re not particularly contagious.
Despite this, there are instances where warts can be transferred from one person to another. For instance, the infection can be passed on indirectly via contaminated surfaces or objects such as the area that surrounds swimming pools.
It’s very hard to spot for signs of contagion, because warts and verrucas don’t appear for weeks (or, sometimes, months) after becoming infected.
You’re more likely to get infected by a wart or catch one from another person if your skin is wet or damaged.
Most warts are easy to identify and simple to treat in private clinics, but there are instances where a visit to the GP surgery might be beneficial.
If you’re at all suspicious about the appearance of a wart or verruca, it’s wise to book an appointment with your GP. They should be able to tell fairly quickly whether or not it’s a wart simply by looking at it, but they’ll also take into account where it’s located on your body and how the surrounding skin has been affected, if at all.
There are a few signs with warts that make a GP visit worthwhile. We’d advise booking an appointment if the wart:
Not always. If there’s no threat to your health and it doesn’t cause you pain, discomfort or make you feel self-conscious, a wart is harmless.
Despite this, common warts can prove troublesome for many people. If you accidentally bump them or catch them on something, they can bleed and cause pain. Some people also find warts embarrassing - particularly if they grow anywhere overtly obvious such as on the face.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that, although not guaranteed, wart treatment might decrease the likelihood of the warts spreading to other areas of your body, or being passed onto other people.
Once removed, most warts are gone for good. The treatment we provide will result in the cleanest removal possible, and leave little to no trace they were ever there.
Even if any tiny bits of the wart remain, they will be extremely minor, and the body’s immune system can usually get rid of them for you.
If you’ve had genital warts, they stand a stronger chance of returning, because there has yet to be a cure created for the virus that makes them develop, and they’re harder to control in that environment.
If warts continually reappear, we recommend getting in touch with us today.