Warts are benign (not cancerous) skin growths that appear due to a virus - Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which infect the top layer of the skin. Wart viruses are contagious. Warts can spread by contact with the wart or something that touched the wart.Therefore it is important to get them removed as soon as possible to avoid spreading to others.
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Warts are often flesh-colored and feel rough. Sometimes they can be dark (brown or gray-black), flat, and smooth.
Types of warts are based on the body part involved and how the warts look like.
Anyone can get warts. Children and teenagers or those who bite their nails or pick at hand nails or persons with a weakened immune system (the body’s defense system) are more prone to getting a wart virus (HPV) than others.
After having a look and examining, a dermatologist can diagnose if the patient has warts or not .
The dermatologist may need to perform a skin biopsy in rare cases to ascertain that it is a wart. In case a biopsy is required, the dermatologist will remove the wart and send it to a lab for further investigation. At the lab, a small piece of the wart will be looked at under a microscope for diagnosis.
Most of the warts in children do not require treatment. They often go away without treatment. But in adults, warts may not disappear as easily or as quickly as they do in children. Most warts are found to be harmless,but the dermatologists do treat them. The treatment method depends on the patient’s age and health as well as the type of wart. Various methods used are:
It is important to remember that there is no cure for the wart virus. This means that warts can reappear at the same site or appear in a new spot. At times, one gets a feel that new warts appear as fast as old ones go away. This happens because before the warts are treated, the old warts shed virus cells into the skin. As such, new warts grow around the first warts. The best way to prevent this is to treat the new warts as soon as they appear.
One should consult a dermatogologist as soon as they appear but in the following conditions one should seek immediate help from our dermatologist.
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