Warts

Warts

What Are Warts?

Identifiable by its rough, cauliflower like surface, a wart is a skin growth caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus works by causing the infected skin to produce excess keratin, resulting in a rough textured bump. They are commonly found on the hands and feet, but can appear anywhere. Warts are highly contagious and can easily be spread through contact to other areas of your face or body, as well as to others. After you have been infected it can take weeks or months for a wart to appear on your skin.

Warts are easily contracted through direct contact from a wart to healthy skin, whether that be to another person or another area of your face or body. It is also possible to develop a wart through indirect contact of objects that have been in contact with a wart, for example towels or swimming pool floors. As warts can be highly contagious, the best prevention is to treat them as soon as possible to avoid them spreading to other areas or other people.

At sk:n we offer the most advanced technology and treatments on the market to remove your wart, even if previous treatments haven't worked. Our doctors will assess your individual case and advise on the best removal treatment for you.

They were spreading faster than I could get rid of them. I wish I'd just removed the first one and not waited until the situation had got worse.

Treatments For Warts

We offer a number of treatment options for warts. The best treatment option for you will be confirmed by your doctor after a full assessment at your consultation, which might be:

Laser Removal

A highly targeted beam of laser light is aimed at the wart. The energy from the laser heats up the blood vessels feeding the wart, which collapse in on themselves as a result and stop the blood supply to the wart. This starves the wart of nutrients so it naturally falls off after a few weeks.

Excision

The wart is carefully cut out using a surgical scalpel. This procedure can be done under local anaesthetic and will require a small stitch in the skin. The wart is removed immediately in this treatment option.

Cryotherapy

This treatment method involves using Liquid Nitrogen to freeze off the wart. The cold temperature kills the cells within the wart, as well as constricting the blood supply to it. This causes the wart cells to die and naturally fall off. Whichever treatment method is used to remove your wart, the procedure will usually only take a few minutes. An anaesthetic may be applied before removal but isn't always necessary, as there is minimal discomfort during the treatment.

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