What are Warts?
Warts are small lumps that often develop on the skin of the hands and feet. They vary in appearance, and may also develop singly or in clusters. These are non-cancerous, but can resemble certain cancers. Moles however can be dangerous. If you are concerned go to your local GP for help. There are several types of them:
Common warts will:
- Be round or oval-shaped
- Be firm and raised
- Have a rough, irregular surface
- Vary in size, from 1mm to 10mm+ in diameter
Therefore plain ones will:
- Be a yellowish colour
- Are smooth, round and flat-topped
- Be 2-4mm in diameter
- Most commonly occur in young children
Filliform warts are long and slender in appearance. These form when a strain of the human papilloma virus (HPV), causes the top layer of the skin to grow too rapidly.
Furthermore, periungual warts develop under and around the fingernails and toenails. They have a rough surface, and may affect the shape of the nail and may be painful. Mosaic warts grow in clusters and form a “tile-like” pattern, often developing on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
Who do they affect?
Warts can affect anyone.
What causes them?
Certain strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause warts. This virus affects the skin and moist membranes (mucosa) of the body. There are more than 100 different strains of HPV, which cause different types of warts.
HPV is passed on through close skin-to-skin contact. It can also be transmitted indirectly by contact with contaminated objects, particularly in areas surrounding swimming pools.
Warts can be treated using a number of methods, including:
- Salicylic acid
- Duct tape
- Chemical treatments
At Appearances Aesthetics, we offer electrolysis to treat warts. This method is extremely accurate, particularly compared to laser treatment which may spread outside the wart.
Read more about the electrolysis procedures here.
View our gallery of electrolysis before and after images here.
Book your appointment today by calling Gillian on 07711 067789 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gillian works from her home clinic in Chislehurst, Kent, treating all clients in surrounding areas.