Wart removal

What are warts?

Warts are skin tumours, usually benign, which manifest in the form of surface skin thickening with a rounded shape. They frequently have a rough surface and a different colour to that of the surrounding healthy skin.

What causes warts?

They are caused by a skin infection of viruses belonging to the papillomavirus family (Human Papillomavirus HPV). They present marked tropism on the skin and mucosal epithelium. The infection is very common and its transmission depends on several factors, such as the location of the injury, the amount of virus present, the type and nature of the contact and the immunological status of the exposed individuals.

Contagion occurs by direct contact of existing warts on healthy skin or viruses recently scattered that are still active under certain favourable conditions of temperature and humidity. For this reason it is more common for them to appear in patients in immunodeficiency states, during pregnancy or by intimate interpersonal contact.

In general, palmar and plantar warts usually do not have a high rate of contagion, however genital warts are highly contagious. Warts can spread to other areas of the patient's body by simple direct contact.

Wart removal and treatment

The warts should be treated not only because of the aesthetic problem posed, but also because they can cause great discomfort, such as palmar and plantar warts that grow into the skin and generate pressure when walking or holding objects, causing the patient to develop harmful support methods for the locomotor system. Some types of HPV may have carcinogenic potential and therefore it is important to diagnose the type of wart and treat it effectively.

wart removal

For the removal of the wart, IML selects fractional CO2 laser

It is important to consult a Dermatologist in the following cases:

  • If there is pain, symptoms of infection or bleeding in the area of the wart.
  • If there are changes in its colour or appearance.
  • If after applying topical pharmaceutical treatments the wart has not been eliminated.
  • Whenever the patient present warts in the genital or anal regions.
  • Warts that appear on patients with immune deficiency or diabetes.

The treatment of warts can be addressed through different techniques and procedures. Those based on medicinal products sold at the pharmacy can be applied for weeks and may eliminate them, however they should not be applied in the genital region or on the face. If the dermatologist deems it necessary, the excise method can be used wart removal using various tools, such as cryotherapy, electrocoagulation or direct resection with a scalpel, among others.

For the removal of the wart, IML selects fractional CO2 laser as a tool of first choice, a device that emits high-energy laser light which produces coagulation of the blood vessels and necrosis of the wart, without damage to the surrounding tissue and optimising the recovery of the treated area, while reducing the risk of bleeding and infection.

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