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Warts and Verrucae

Warts and verrucae are incredibly common. Warts are small, rough lumps that often appear on the hands and feet. Some types of warts appear on different parts of the body – for example, verrucae are warts that tend to appear on the soles of feet or in between toes. Most people will develop warts at some point in their life although teenagers and children are typically affected more than adults.

What Causes Warts?

An infection of HPV (human pappiloma virus) causes warts. You probably won’t know that you’ve got the virus and it is unlikely that it will cause any other symptoms. It causes an increase in the amount of keratin produced by the body, and this excess keratin develops in the epidermis. Keratin is a hard protein, which is what causes the rough, hard texture of the wart. Warts are very contagious and can be passed on through close skin contact. Infection can be caused indirectly though contact with surfaces that may have come into contact with the virus, such as swimming pools, baths and showers, and warts may take a few months to appear following the initial infection.

Treatment

At Hilton Skin Clinics, we offer advanced electrolysis for the treatment of warts and verrucae. A tiny needle is inserted into the growth, and a tiny electric current passed through the needle into the wart. This treatment cauterises the growth, causing it to scab over and fall off. Each treatment takes around 15 minutes, although this might differ depending on the size of the wart. Some types of warts are more resilient to treatment than others and may require additional treatments. Usually, the wart will fall off within about a week of treatment, leaving skin smooth and blemish-free. Treatment is well tolerated with little pain or discomfort.

For more information about the treatment of warts and verrucae, please contact Hilton Skin Clinics today.

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