Causes Of Warts
Warts range in size from 1mm to 1cm across. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) which promotes an excess of keratin to develop in the top layer of skin.
They can be spread from person to person through direct personal contact or contaminated objects such as towels, shoes, socks and the floors surrounding swimming pools and in communal changing areas. Most people will have warts at some point in their life but they are mainly harmless and recede over time, although this can take months or even years.
Creams, gels, freezing sprays and medicated plasters can be used but a GP may recommend you see a dermatologist for expert assessment.
A stubborn wart or verruca can be surgically removed by scraping it away with a small, spoon-shaped tool, or laser therapy to destroy the wart and the blood vessels supplying it. A wart can also be treated with electro surgery which uses and electrical current to burn it away. A dermatologist may also recommend stronger creams.
These are flat-topped, rough patches of skin that can be pigmented or even appear black. They appear to be stuck onto the skin and develop from a velvety texture to a granular feel and appearance. Their presence and frequency increases with age and seborrheic warts are believed to be a degenerative condition and their likelihood can be accelerated by exposure to the sun. This can cause irritation, pain and embarrassment, particularly as they can appear on the face and the torso, and although benign they can be removed by a dermatologist.