Warts or verrucas are small lumps that often develop on the skin of the hands and feet. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes the body to produce an excess amount of keratin, a hard protein, which develops in the top skin layer (epidermis). The extra keratin produces the rough, hard texture of a wart.
Warts vary in appearance and may develop singly or in clusters. Some are more likely to affect particular areas of the body. For example, verrucas are warts that usually develop on the soles of the feet.
Warts or verrucas are non-cancerous but can resemble certain cancers and so the need for a proper diagnosis is very important.
Many people will have warts at some point in their life, but they tend to affect children and teenagers more than adults.
The most common wart we treat are ‘plantar warts’ the term is used for those that occur on the soles of the feet (the ‘plantar’ surface). They are commonly known as verrucas. Plantar warts are caught by contact with infected skin scales – for example from the floors of public locker rooms, shower cubicles and the areas around swimming pools. Warts can be highly contagious, they can vary in size, from just a few millimetres to more than one centimetre.
Warts may eventually go away by themselves but can take months or for some people years, during which time they can still be contagious, this is why we suggest laser verruca removal as a solution. Many people will go to their GP for a diagnosis and be prescribed topical treatment that has to be used for many months.
In the consultation, your medical history and the history of the lesion will be taken and it will be assessed; we will then advise you if laser wart removal or verruca removal is suitable for you, if not we’ll discuss any alternative treatment, and tell you the cost of the treatment and how many treatments you may require.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person because each individual responds differently to treatments.
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