Warts are benign (non-cancerous) skin growths, most commonly found on the hands and feet. They are caused by viruses (there are around 60 known wart-causing viruses in existence). Warts are highly contagious as the affected skin cells release the viruses, so hygiene is of the utmost importance if you are affected.
Typical types of wart are: common, plane, mosaic, plantar (verrucae), filiform and periungual.
Veruccae only tend to appear on the feet. They are flat and thick in appearance, hard around the edge and have a small black dot in the centre. Often, they feel sore when touched or stood upon. Verrucae are highly contagious and are frequently passed on via swimming pools due to people walking barefoot.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR WARTS AND VERRUCAE?
If you are suffering with a wart or verruca, sk:n offers three safe and effective treatments that will remove the offending object and restore soft and flawless skin. The best treatment option for you will be confirmed by your doctor after a full assessment at your consultation.
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.
EXCISION/LASER / RADIOFREQUENCY TREATMENT
The wart or verrucae 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 or verrucae is removed immediately in this treatment option.
This treatment method involves using Liquid Nitrogen to freeze off the wart or verrucae. The cold temperature kills the cells within the wart or verrucae, as well as constricting the blood supply. This causes the cells to die and naturally fall off.