A wart is a small skin growth that is self-limiting and is caused by one of over 100 types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). They occur in a wide range of shapes and sizes and grow faster than normal due to the presence of the wart virus.
Warts are of different types:

  • Common warts often appear on fingers
  • Flat warts often appear in places that are shaved frequently
  • Plantar warts often appear on the soles of feet
  • Genital warts are sexually transmitted and appear around genital organs

Are warts contagious?
Warts are considered to be contagious as they are generally found in many members of the same family. Moreover they can also spread from one part of the body to other areas by touching the wart and then touching another part of the body. Other person may also be infected by sharing towels, razors, or other personal items.

Symptoms of warts

  • Skin-coloured
  • May either appear as a bump with a rough surface or it may be flat and smooth
  • Have a dark dot in the center. This dot is basically tiny blood vessels that grow into the core of the wart to supply it with blood.
  • Usually painless. But a wart on pressure spots like finger or bottom of the foot, can be painful.

Wart removal surgery
Surgery to remove wart is usually quick and effective. But there are various types of surgeries that can be performed to remove wart. No single surgical method is more effective than another in
removing warts. The choice of surgery depends upon the type, location, and size of wart. The most common types of surgical treatment for wart removal include:

Electrosurgery and curettage: This is a two-step surgery in which electrosurgery is done to burn the wart with an electrical current, followed by curettage to cut off the wart with a sharp knife or a small, spoon-shaped tool. Almost always these procedures are performed together.

Laser surgery: Laser surgery burns off the wart with an intense beam of light.

Why Vitals?

Our Dermatologists can perform wart removal surgery keeping in consideration that it should lead to no or smallest scar. They are capable enough to perform surgery on hard-to-remove or recurring warts.

Authored By Dr. Harish Prasad

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