Wart Removal, Mole Removal and Skin Tag Removal
Warts, Moles and Skin Tags are extremely common. Most people will have a wart appear at some point during their lifetime. Although most warts are benign most people tend to look for some kind of wart removal treatment to try and eradicate the wart quickly. The most common place for warts to form are on the hands, feet or face. They can however appear on any part of your body.
What are Warts?
Warts are basically a raised growth. They very often have the appearance of a very small cauliflower and feel rough to the touch. They can however also simply be flat and smooth.
Warts are caused by a virus known as Human Papillomavirus (HPV for short). There are in excess of one hundred types of HPV. Each one of these HPV’s tend to target their own specific area of the body but can none the less spread to other parts of the body.
Plantar Warts – these are more commonly known as verucas. They occur on the soles of your feet and are recognisable by the dark spot in the centre. Plantar warts should be treated to prevent them being spread to others. Plantar Wart Removal Treatments are available for home use.
Common Warts – These grow on virtually any part of the body although they are most commonly found on the hands. Common Warts are usually brownish grey in colour and dome shaped, although they can take other forms. Common Wart Removal can be accomplished by undergoing a minor surgical procedure or can, in a lot of cases, be treated in the home with wart removal cream.
Flat Warts – These are commonly found on the arms, legs or face. They are usually quite small and there are generally several grouped together in one area. Like their name suggests they have flat tops and can be light brown, yellow or even pink in colour.
Flat Warts can be spread by shaving.
Flat Wart Removal is generally achieved by using one of the wart removal products that are available and does not normally require surgery.
Filiform Warts – These types of warts are easily recognisable as they consist of a number of flesh coloured finger like projections. Filiform Warts grow around the beard area and also around the nose and mouth. They can however also be found in other areas of the body where the skin tissue is relatively thin such as arm pits and certain areas of the leg.
Filiform Warts are not generally permanent and there are a number of Filiform Wart Removal treatments available.
Periungal Warts – These are one of the least common types of wart. They appear as irregular rough bumps around and under the fingernails and toenails. One of the caharteristics of Periungal Warts is their rate of growth. They are able to grow to quite a large size in a relatively short space of time and can actually displace the nail completely if not treated. Periungal Wart Removal is relatively easy and is normally achieved by applying one of the over the counter wart removal creams or gels to the affected area. Because the wart grows rapidly it is advisable to treat the infection sooner rather than later.
Genital Warts – These affect both sexes and are found in the genital and anal regions of the body. Genital warts are most common in individuals aged between seventeen and thirty three years of age. Genital Warts are extremely contagious. Genital warts, like all other forms of wart, are caused by a virus and are sexually transmitted.
Genital warts can be removed by surgery, laser or freeze treatment. There are also a number of genital wart removal creams that are manufactured specifically for treating these types of warts.
There is also a home cure for genital warts that you can use.
NB. General purpose wart removal creams and gels are not suitable for the treatment of genital warts.
Genital warts are very difficult to eradicate completely and there is always a chance that they will return again at some time in the future regardless of the type of treatment you have undergone.
Reduce the chances of getting warts.
Avoiding exposure to HPV completely is virtually impossible. There are however a number of simple steps that you can take to lessen the chances of transmission.
Warts are often transmitted through open cuts and sores. Try to avoid sharing facial products and towels with other people, particularly anyone who is infected. If you suspect that you have a filiform wart destroy any old cosmetics etc that you may have to help to avoid the virus being spread to other areas of the face. Avoid using nail clippers or manicure equipment that has been used by anyone that has a Periungal nail infection.
Areas that are warm and wet will be able to sustain the virus. Public baths and changing rooms can be particularly hazardous and a good standard of personal hygiene should be observed when using these types of facility.
Will Warts disappear by themselves.
In many cases warts will eventually disappear by themselves without any treatment whatsoever, particularly with children. It can however take a number of years for the wart to disappear completely.
Adults are less likely to find that their wart disappears without some form of treatment.
The majority of warts are in fact benign and do not usually pose any significant health threat. Warts, moles and skin tags are however somewhat unsightly and the majority of people prefer to undergo some form of treatment to remove them.
As a result most wart removal is done purely for cosmetic reasons rather than through any medical necessity.
Removing warts by freezing
If you go to your GP and ask him (or her) to remove your wart for you he may suggest that you have the warts frozen off. This is done by applying liquid nitrogen to the wart. The action of freezing and then thawing the wart destroys the wart tissue. It can take up to six or eight treatments to clear the wart. It is normal to allow approx two weeks between treatments.
This method has proved to be effective but it can be painful. It is not uncommon for the nearby skin to blister following treatment. There is also a risk, albeit slight, that the adjacent skin can be scarred.
Freezing to remove warts is not suitable for anyone who has poor circulation or for young children.
Wart Removal Surgery and laser treatment for warts
Warts can be removed surgically but it is not generally considered to be the best or most effective treatment. The wart (or verruca) is scraped away, under local anaesthetic, with a surgical instrument called a curette. Although surgery will remove the wart it is not guaranteed that the HPV infection that caused the wart will also be removed. This can lead to the wart returning again at a later date. Surgical removal of warts can leave the treated area feeling raw and painful and it can also result in scarring.
Occasionally if other treatments have failed your gp may suggest laser treatment. The laser destroys the wart and also the blood vessels supplying it. There is some debate about the effectiveness of laser wart removal treatments. Like surgical removal of warts it can also be painful and result in scarring.
Removing Warts at Home
If you are unfortunate enough to have an unwanted wart there are a number of home remedies for wart removal that you can try. Wart removal at home is normally a case of applying a natural wart removal cream or a wart removal gel to the affected area. Home treatment is in fact possibly the best wart removal solution in many cases.
Further information on warts