What are warts and verrucas?
Warts and verrucas are small lumps that grow on the skin. They can develop in a range of sizes and across the body, though tend to be more common on the hands and feet.
A vast majority of people will experience warts at some stage of their life, and while they will eventually go away by themselves this can sometimes take years. Warts and verrucas can be inconvenient, in some cases causing itchiness or pain. Verrucas are more likely to be sore, like standing on a pin.
Likewise, although they are a common issue some individuals may find warts embarrassing or unsightly if they appear on prominent parts of the body. In addition to removing warts that have already appeared, wart removal is a useful way of preventing the further spread of warts and verrucas to other areas and other people.
Warts – Warts come in all shapes and sizes, often having a rough texture and firm, raised composition. They are usually round in shape, however some can be long and thin and differ in size from less than 1mm to over 1cm in width. Warts can appear either singularly or in clusters. Verrucas – Verrucas are warts that develop on the soles of the feet.
They are generally flat and have a white or yellow appearance with a black dot underneath hard skin. Verrucas are often more painful than warts, particularly if they appear on an awkward part of the foot.
What causes warts and verrucas?
Warts are caused by an infection on the upper layer of skin which is created as a result of a virus.
This happens when the virus enters the outer layer of skin, often through damaged skin in the form of a small scratch.
Once the virus has penetrated the skin it leads to the accelerated growth of cells on the skin’s outer layer which form to create the wart.
Warts and verrucas can spread from close skin contact or contaminated objects or surfaces, with the likelihood of spreading higher if your skin is wet or damaged.
In some cases it can take months for a wart or verruca to appear following contact with the virus.
Wart and verruca removal procedure
Depending on the type of wart you have and what area it appears in, there are several different options for wart and verruca removal. These include:
Excision – The excess tissue that makes up a wart can be easily cut away, ensuring a smooth final result.
Freezing – Freezing (cryotherapy) is a process in which the wart is frozen off through use of liquid nitrogen.
To get rid of the wart permanently patients will typically require 2-4 treatments every few weeks.
Laser – A highly concentrated laser is targeted at the wart or verruca, heating up the blood vessels that feed the treatment area and preventing further blood from reaching the wart.
As a result the wart lacks the blood supply to support itself and naturally falls off after a few weeks.
Common wart removal questions
Does Wart Removal Hurt?
While you may experience some mild discomfort with laser or freezing removal methods, we take extra care to ensure that your verruca or wart removal is as pain free as possible.
Is Wart Removal Safe?
Wart removal is perfectly safe, being a straightforward process in which our team of medical experts have years of experience. We operate with the highest level of cleanliness and safety procedures to ensure the best possible standard of care.
Where Can I Have A Wart Removed?
Though warts and verrucas tend to develop on the hands and feet, they can appear in a number of places across the body. We will be able to advise the best form of treatment for your wart in your initial consultation.
How Long Is Wart Removal Recovery?
Recovery time will vary depending on the type of treatment received, though healing after wart removal is generally quick, taking between one to two weeks and leaving minimal or no scarring.