Warts and verrucae are rough lumps or growths which can appear anywhere on the skin caused by infection of your skin with the human papilloma virus (HPV). Verrucae are the same as warts but appear mostly on the feet and can look flatter than warts on the rest of the body. They can spread by direct skin-to skin contact or may be spread to another area of skin. There are multiple forms of warts and verrucae. On top of their unsighted appearance, they can cause pain and discomfort if they are on your feet or near your nail beds. Sometimes, common warts may crack and bleed.
Warts and verrucae are usually harmless away by themselves without treatment. and, in many cases, go away by themselves without treatment. However, this can take months, or even years, which is not usually acceptable for those who experience them. Over-the-counter treatments may be effective but can be recalcitrant and commonly recur.
Despite the wide variety of therapies available for warts and verrucae, no single treatment is completely effective for all patients. Successful treatment of warts is site-dependent, may require trial and error, and might necessitate combination treatment.
At the London Cosmetic Clinic we offer clinically-proven methods and techniques, to quickly and effectively remove your warts or verrucae, permanently.
Small lesions of warts can be treated with topical immunomodulator cream which is approved for treating anogenital warts. Although, it does not destroy the viruses directly, it works on the immune system to help the body fight viruses that cause warts. This method usually used in combination with the other forms of treatments to ensure the most effectiveness of the treatments is archived.
The cream may be used as a monotherapy or combined therapy. It can be more effective if used in conjunction with retinoids due to synergy between the two medications.
After paring the top of the wart and first paring the top of the wart and then the cream is applied nightly under occlusive wraps for 4 to 8 weeks. This can also be treating with salicylic acid and 5-fluorouracil plaster in the morning and imiquimod under occlusion nightly for 8 to 12 weeks.
It usually takes 8-10 weeks for your warts to disappear, but warts may clear as early as 4 weeks.
Laser treatment for warts and verrucae utilises a clinical device which offers a highly targeted beam of laser light, which is aimed at the skin lesion. This laser beam heats up the blood vessels which destroys the blood supply to the wart. This in turn, starves the wart of blood and nutrients, so it dies and fall off naturally within 1 to 2 weeks. The laser’s heat may also attack the virus that causes the wart. This method usually requires a couple of treatments to be most effective.
The laser may feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin. Depending on how many warts you have and where they are, our doctors might give offer some topical anaesthetics to numb the area prior to the treatment. You will not feel much pain after the procedure is done. The lesion should heal fully in 2-4 weeks.
Recovery time depends on the location and number of warts removed. Healing usually occurs in 2 to 4 weeks.
Depending on the area, the length of time and severity of infection. Most patients need 3 or more treatments.
Warts can be removed. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for the viral infection that causes the warts. This means that the warts, especially in the genital area, may come back even after they have been removed.
Electrocautery is a way to remove a wart using heat from electricity. The electricity is used to heat the needle which is put on the wart. This method has been used for large and resistant warts.
The wart and the area around it will be cleaned. Under local anaesthetic, the wart is scrapped off and the base burned. A tool with a thin, needle-like hot tip is put on your wart. The skin cells are killed by the heat which burns and will be removed. The area around your wart may look like it is charred (white and swollen). The treatment will take about 20 to 30 minutes. The area will be covered with a bandage.
After surgery you may have some pain, swelling, and redness. It is very important to keep your wound clean with soap and water to prevent infection. You may cover it with a small bandage to protect it for a few days. If the bandage gets wet, change it with a clean, dry bandage. A soft scab will form over the treated area. It will drop off by itself and leave a small scar.
Electrocautery usually leaves behind a wound which may take 1 to 6 weeks to heal. The time it takes the wound to heal depends on the size of the wart. Healing time may be prolonged if a large area of tissue is burned and the wart may need to be treated more than once.
When warts cannot be removed by other therapies, surgery may be used to cut away the wart. This method is one of the most common ways for a medical dermatological professional to permanently remove a wart or verruca.
The whole session takes about 15-30 minutes. Prior to this treatment a local anaesthetic will be administered, to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment. The procedure involves the use of a surgical instrument called a curette to scrape off and remove the wart. This will create a wound and the base of the wart will be destroyed and cauterized using an electric needle. A small stitch may be required. Following the treatment, you can return to your daily activities immediately after your and a protective dressing will be applied, so that you do not rub or catch the skin.
Recovery from wart excision depends on the lesion’s size, shape, and location. You may be advised to avoid strenuous activities for 2-4 weeks to avoid trauma to the site. For plantar excisions, you may use crutches to relieve the pressure and pain.
It is very important to keep your wound clean with soap and water to prevent infection. You may cover it with a small bandage to protect it for a few days. If the bandage gets wet, change it with a clean, dry bandage. A soft scab will form over the treated area.
Prior to any surgical or non-surgical treatment being carried out here at The London Cosmetic Clinic, we will ask that you attend a no obligation consultation, examination and medical history check, so that we can advise you of the best course of treatment for your specific requirements.
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