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Don’t be a worry wart!

Don’t be  a worry wart!

Although a wart can cause great embarrassment, with connotations of fairy tales witches or even STDs, they are an incredibly common viral skin infection which is thought to affect approximately 7 to 12% of the population at any one time.  So, what causes warts?

A common infection

Contrary to popular myth, you don’t catch warts from touching frogs or toads, but from coming into contact with other people who have warts or from the environment such as a public shower or swimming pool. Warts are caused by an infection in the outer layer of the skin that comes from the HPV (human papilloma virus) family.

HPV is so common that we come into contact with it almost every day, but it is only when the virus is able to get into your skin – usually through a cut or scratch – that it can begin to form a wart. HPV infects the cells in the epidermis, thickening the skin.

Warts can appear on any part of the body and can present in a number of different ways:

  • common warts are typically found on the hands or knees and are firm, raised and have rough edges like a cauliflower
  • flat warts, also known as plane warts, are smooth, flat-topped, flesh-coloured warts, and can be found in large numbers on the face, neck, hands or knees
  • filiform warts, also known as digitate warts, are long, thin, finger-like warts that are often found on the neck and face, particularly on the eyelids or lips
  • plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet and are also known as verrucas; these can be painful, hard lumps with a central black dot
  • palmar warts are found on the palms of the hands and are similar to plantar warts
  • mosaic warts are a tightly clustered group of palmar or plantar warts
  • periungual warts form as thick, cauliflower-like skin around the fingernails or toenails

Are warts dangerous?

Most warts don’t cause a problem, and they are unlikely to lead to anything sinister, but they can be unsightly and, in some cases, they are painful.

Many warts go away on their own, but some are more persistent. If this is the case for you, then it is possible to undergo wart removal or wart treatment in Cardiff, Wales, at the Specialist Skin Clinic.

How does wart removal treatment work?

The Specialist Skin Clinic offers a unique 3-pronged approach to treating viral warts which includes the use of appropriate laser therapy. To successfully treat stubborn unsightly warts book a consultation with Dr. Gonzalez who can assess your wart and advise on the best treatment plan.

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