Types of Warts and Treatments
Warts are unsightly rough growths. Some are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), of which there are over 100 different types. Any area of the skin could be affected, but warts are more commonly found on the hands (especially the fingers), feet and face. Warts on the soles of the feet are known as verruca’s and are also caused by the HP Virus.
Up to one in 10 people will have a wart at some point in their life, most commonly in childhood or adolescence. Warts and verrucas are usually harmless but can be contagious, but the risk of you catching them is low. Warts usually spread from direct skin contact or in damp places, like swimming pools and communal showers. If you scratch a wart, the viral particles may spread to other areas of your skin.
Different types of warts vary in appearance and size, ranging from 1mm up to 5cm in the case of a Seborrhoeic Keratosis. But the vast majority can easily and successfully be treated with VeinWave. Warts can develop either individually or in clusters.
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These are firm, raised growths with a rough surface, which sometimes resemble a very small cauliflower. They are most commonly found on the backs of your hands, fingers, toes and on your knees. They also often feature a pattern of tiny black dots sometimes called seeds. These are small, clotted blood vessels.
Common warts are viral and therefore transmitted by direct or indirect touch. Children and young adults are more likely to develop common warts, as are people who have weakened immune systems. Common warts usually disappear on their own but this may take a couple of years. So, many people choose to remove them because they find them irritating or embarrassing.
Plane warts are the simplest of all warts. These are usually small, smooth and skin or brownish coloured lesions, which are slightly raised from the skin. They usually occur on the face and outer surface of hands. They’re most common in children and young adults. Common warts are larger and firmer elevations with a rough surface and usually occur on the hands, forearm, knees and feet.
Seborrhoeic Wart (Seborrhoeic Keratosis, Basal Cell Papilloma)
Seborrhoeic warts are also known as seborrhoeic keratoses. Though referred to as a wart, seborrhoeic warts are not caused by the HPV virus. They are a flat thick build up of epidermal cells with a rough texture. They can be skin colour, darkish brown through to black. They are sometimes referred to as ‘Senile’ warts, as they are more associated with age. They are usually round although they can also be oval in shape. Some seborrhoeic warts have an irregular shape. Their size can vary from around one centimetre to several centimetres in diameter. They can occur anywhere on your body, other than on your palms or soles.
The longer they are left untreated the more established they become, as they set down fibrous attachments into the skin. Once removed though, new fresh skin will emerge. These blemishes are recommended to be treated sooner rather than later, before they become large and established. A scraping action is required to take off the outer crusted cells. More than one treatment may be necessary for complete removal (dependant on size and thickness).
Filiform warts are quite unique and like no other wart in their appearance. They tend to appear on the neck and face and in particular around the eyelids, lips, and neck, making them hard to hide as well as accept. They are not your normal raised and round warts, instead they appear to look more like small twigs or branches that are growing out of your skin. Their appearance is long, narrow and they have a flesh colour to them.
What is most noticeable about Filiform warts is the speed and aggression with which they attack. They usually spread quickly and if left untreated can get worse over time. They can very easily and quickly be removed with Thermavein. Treat in the same way as skin tags, applying an increased current and time duration, pierce inside the wart and apply the current (hit the peddle twice) go all the way around until all areas have been covered, do not penetrate below skin level.
Verruca - Plantar Wart
These are usually found on the soles of your feet. They are robust hardy critters that are resistant to many other treatments. Often a verruca will resemble a callus because of its tough, thick tissue. Walking and/or standing may be painful and squeezing the sides of the wart may also cause pain. Tiny black dots may be visible in them and these often appear on the surface of the wart. The dots are in fact dried blood contained in the capillaries (tiny blood vessels). Plantar warts grow deep into the skin. Usually this growth occurs slowly, with the wart starting small and becoming larger over time. Left untreated they may spread and form satellite warts, or worse, whole closely formed clusters called ‘mosaic’ warts.
These are usually a number of verrucas packed together in a small area, often on your hands and feet. Can be very uncomfortable especially when on the feet.