Common skin warts, also called verruca vulgaris, can occur on any area of skin, but are often seen on the fingers, hands, knees, and elbows.
Skin warts can usually be diagnosed based upon how they look. Skin biopsy or other testing is not usually necessary.
The location of the wart/s will be part of the decision making of which treatments are potential options. Treatment is not always essential because approximately 66% of skin warts will resolve on their own within two years. On the other hand, during this period, the wart may grow bigger or new ones may appear.
In general a few small warts are usually easier to treat than several larger warts. For these reasons, the majority of people will choose to choose to treat skin warts.
Shaving and Cauterizing. Injection of a local anesthesia to numb the skin is performed and then the wart is shaved off using a blade or scalpel. The wound bed is then cauterized with diathermy to stop any bleeding.
Surgical Excision: Injection of a local anesthesia to numb the skin is performed and then the skin around the wart including the wart is removed with a scalpel. The wound bed is then cauterized with diathermy to stop any bleeding and the wound is sutured to make a small scar
How long does the procedure take?
Usually 30 minutes.
How soon will I see the results?
Will I have a scar after treatment?
Shave and cautery leaves a scar the size of the wound bed. Excision and suture closure makes a small thin line of a scar.
What are the risks of wart removal?
There is a chance of recurrence but excising the wart minimizes this possibility. Other risks are those pertaining to any minor operative procedure which the doctor will discuss with you at your consultation.
Is the treatment painful?
Once the local anaesthesia is administered there should be no pain.
How long does the wart removal take?
Are warts dangerous?
Not usually. They tend to be benign
Where do warts occur?
The most common areas of the body for warts are fingers, hands, knees, elbows, around the fingernails (periungual warts), feet (plantar warts), face and lower legs.
How do I know if I have a wart or if the skin lesion is due to something else?
One of our practitioners at EA Clinic will diagnose a wart based on how it looks. A biopsy is not usually required.
Are skin warts common?
Skin warts are common in young adults and people with certain jobs, e.g. handling meat and fish. Those with chronic skin conditions, e.g. eczema, and those with a weakened immune system.
What causes a wart?
They result from a virus (human papillomavirus) and may be spread by skin to skin contact with a person who has a wart. Often they are spread by picking existing warts and touching other areas.
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