Wart Removal
What are Warts?

Warts, commonly termed as verruca vulgaris. It is a viral infection caused by Human Papilloma virus (HPV). It can affect any part of the body from head to toe. Different variants of HPV are there which cause this type of infection.

There are many types of warts:-

Flat warts: This type of flat warts generally affects teens and children. Flat warts are smooth in appearance and commonly affecting face.

Common warts (Verrruca Vulgaris): A raised wart with roughened surface are commonly seen on hands and can also be on other parts of the body known as Palmer or Junior Warts.

Periungual Warts: warts that look like a cauliflower in clusters and can be seen around the nails.

Plantar Warts: warts that are hard and painful with multiple black specks in the centre. It can be seen in pressure point areas like soles of the foot.

Mosaic Warts: They are group of tightly clustered planter type of warts and can be seen on the soles of the foot and on the hands.

Genital warts: Genital warts are commonly seen in genitals, near pubic area, in and around anus and in vagina.They are generally pink/red in colour, appearing in clusters, and may grow rapidly.Genitals warts are rarely symptomatic.

What are the causes of Warts?

Direct contact: When a person gets into direct contact with another person having warts.It is the most common way of getting this kind of viral infection as it is very contagious. People can catch this infection in salons very oftenly. This explains why facial warts are commonly seen in the beard area of men and eyebrow area of females. So once a person gets infected, he/she can cause infection to himself as well as to others also.

Sexually acquired warts are seen in and around the genital areas of both men & women.

Things to Know

Warts are very common, and one can get them at any age. They are very common among children and teenagers, they are harmless and sometimes subsides on their own.
Change in lifestyle can majorly contribute in improving this condition, one can live a healthy lifestyle like exercising, quit smoking, limiting the intake of alcohol, maintain a healthy weight, balanced and healthy diet. Avoid direct contact with a person having warts. Choose clean and hygienic salons.
No, there is no genetic predisposition for this condition.
In initial stages medicines do work but if the condition is severe or worsens, then only surgical removal of warts is done.

1. Medical treatment: Salicylic acid & lactic acid preparations can be used topically.Medicines like oral Zinc & immunomodulators should be prescribed.Topical imiquimod & some homeopathic medicines are also useful sometimes.

2. Surgical treatment: Electrocautery, RF,CO2 laser & cryotherapy can be performed to remove warts. Laser wart Removal Treatment is one of the most common treatment of choice. The warts present on the skin can be easily removed in a single sitting with the help of laser wart removal treatments. The CO2 laser slowly burn the wart accurately without causing damage to the adjacent skin.

Although, there are high chances of recurrence after laser wart removal treatment is done, so simultaneously treatment to prevent recurrence should also be started.

Sometimes, warts are seen on the scalp area ,in between the hair, which causes difficulty in combing. So laser wart treatment can be done easily to get rid of those unwanted and irritating warts.

3. Auto-innoculation: A boom in the treatment of warts is Auto inoculation.Beyond laser treatment for wart removal, auto innoculation is a very good treatment as it helps in generating immunity against the HPV virus in patients own body. This is a permanent solution to warts, if it succeeds.

At Satya skin & hair clinic, very high satisfaction rate of wart treatment is achieved using all these treatments and especially laser wart removal treatment has helped a lot of patients to get rid of their unwanted warts.
One must avoid sun exposure, avoid especially sun and water combination (Swimming) in the hot sun. One must use proper sunscreen especially after the treatment.
HPV has got a very long incubation time. This HPV remains in the dormant stage for years together and when it starts multiplying, they are seen as warts on the body. So after the removal of warts, the skin looks very clear but the dormant virus can get reactivated after sometime and can affect the same or different site on the body.
According to Dr.Ruchi Agarwal, MD (renowned dermatologist), incubation period of this virus varies from person to person, so thats why a proper counselling of patients is required. So that he/ she understands the onset and irruption of warts on their body. One has to visit a dermatologist to get the proper screening of the underlying cause of warts. One must avoid sun exposure and even after the treatment one has to re- visit the clinic to see if there are any new eruptions.
A prior consultation is required with the dermatologist to understand the need of the treatment. Medicines work hand in hand with the procedural treatments. Selection of the right treatment according to your needs is very much necessary. Knowing the downtime of the individual treatment and its outcome is equally important. After a thorough consultation , patient can opt for the treatment and can get it done after taking a prior appointment as per his/her availability.

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