With a rough texture, and can appear anywhere on a person’s body, a wart is a small growth. It can take the shape of a little cauliflower, or look like a blister, and its appearance depends just on where it lands on the body, plus how thick the skin is in the area it pops up in.
The condition falls under the human papillomavirus (HPV) umbrella, and those with a weak immune system are likely to have warts. HPV viruses cause the rapid and excessive growth of keratin, a protein, hard in nature, on the top layer of skin.
Different strains of HPV cause different types of warts, and this can be passed on through skin-to-skin contact, like sharing shoes or towels.
HPV can be spread to other areas of the body, too:
From biting or scratching a wart
Biting fingernails (when warts are around them)
Sucking on fingers
Shaving legs or the face
It’s important to note, damaged or wet skin that comes into contact with rougher surfaces also enhances a risk around getting warts, therefore, it’s no surprise that many people get them on their hands and the soles of their feet, especially around swimming pools. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to help get rid of a wart, and below are 10 common treatments.
While surgery or laser therapy isn’t that common of treatment for warts, sometimes this is the route to go for a stubborn one that does not seem to want to disappear. Interestingly enough, warts that resolve on their own do not scar, while they do scar with surgery. At times, a patient may need to visit a doctor for this treatment, and these professionals may also use the topical cream, along with laser therapy and surgery to remove a wart, to ensure that it clears successfully!
Wart removal is certainly not major surgery; however, under local anesthetics, the wart will be shaved off and removed with a surgical razor. Meanwhile, doctors can also use a precise laser beam to clear up a wart, via laser treatment.