Home Skin Care Treatments in Dubai Warts Removal Treatment

Warts Removal Treatment

Warts are benign skin growths that can develop on any part of the body, but are most commonly found on the hands and feet. They typically form when certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) infect the skin, often through cuts or other small openings. Warts often have a rough texture and can appear as single growths or in clusters, varying in size and shape.

Warts are contagious through direct contact but are generally not cancerous. It’s important to differentiate warts from skin cancers, as some types of skin cancer can present with wart-like appearances.. Therefore, having your skin lesions analyzed in a clinical setting is recommended.

Types of Warts

Warts can be classified based on their appearance, location, and the type of HPV causing them. The most common types of warts include the following:

  • Common warts or verruca vulgaris: These are identified by their rough, hard surface and are generally raised above the skin. They can appear anywhere on the body but most commonly develop on the hands and feet.
  • Flat warts or verruca plana: These lesions appear flattened and smooth. Like common warts, flat warts can occur on any body part. However, they are more common on the lower legs, face, and hands.
  • Filiform warts: These warts appear like long, thin threads. They usually affect the face. More specifically, they develop near the lips and eyelids.
  • Mosaic warts: These warts usually grow in clusters and most commonly affect the soles of your feet. They may also appear on your hands.
  • Plantar warts: These appear as small, rough growths, usually on the heels and balls of feet. Because of the consistent pressure on the soles of feet, these warts may grow inwards beneath the thick skin layer called callus.
  • Genital warts: These growths are identified by their grey or off-white grainy cauliflower appearance. They are a type of sexually transmitted infection (STI) and usually affect the penis, scrotum, vulva, anus, and surrounding areas.

What Causes Warts?

Warts develop when the skin gets infected by some types of human papillomavirus (HPV). When this virus enters the skin through a cut or break and interacts with the underlying tissues, it produces excess keratin on the epidermis (the skin’s top layer). This leads to the development of a hard, rough texture in the affected skin area, forming a wart.

Some factors that increase the risk of warts include:

  • Skin injuries
  • Infections that cause breaks or cuts in the surface of the skin
  • Frequent wetting of hands
  • Excessive sweating of hands and feet
  • Nail biting
  • Swimming in shared swimming pools
  • Touching other people’s warts
  • Shaving or scratching your warts (as it can cause the infection to spread)

What Are The Symptoms Of Warts?

The symptoms of a wart are generally based on its type. However, some signs are common to most wart types. Those signs include the following:

  • A wart can be in the form of a small bump raised above the skin’s surface.
  • Most warts have a rough texture. Smooth-textured warts may also develop, however.
  • You may feel itching in a wart.
  • Warts can appear as individual lesions or clustered patches.
  • They most commonly appear on the hands, feet, and face.

How are Warts Diagnosed?

A wart is usually diagnosed through a physical examination, where the dermatologist may look for common characteristics of warts. However, in some cases, your dermatologist may need to perform a small skin biopsy to understand the condition and its causes. A wart biopsy, which is a minor procedure, may be performed in rare cases to rule out other skin conditions. It involves removing a small part of the wart for lab analysis.

How are Warts Treated?

Warts can be treated in multiple ways, including home care options and clinical treatments. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any wart treatment to choose the most appropriate method.

The most common options to treat warts include the following.

Chemical peels

For flat warts, particularly on the face or hands, your doctor may recommend a mild chemical peeling. Chemical peels, using agents like salicylic acid, are commonly used for wart treatment. Glycolic acid and tretinoin may be used for other skin conditions, but are less common for warts.

Laser treatment

Laser therapy uses an intense beam of light to heat and destroy wart tissue. This method is often reserved for warts that do not respond to other treatments. Common lasers used for wart removal include the Pulsed-dye laser, which targets blood vessels within the wart, and the Erbium YAG laser, effective for surface lesions.

Immune system stimulation

Immunotherapy, a form of immune system stimulation, may be used to treat warts by enhancing the body’s immune response against the virus causing the warts. This treatment may involve applying substances that stimulate the immune response, but does not typically include weakened strains of HPV. The goal is to stimulate the body’s immune response to recognize and attack the virus-infected cells, potentially clearing the wart.

Cryotherapy

This procedure involves using a very cold material (usually liquid nitrogen) on the wart. During the process, liquid nitrogen is sprayed on the wart or applied through a cotton swab causing it to freeze and eventually fall off as the frozen tissue dies.

Cantharidin

Cantharidin, a blistering agent, is applied to the wart, causing a blister to form underneath it. As the blister heals, the wart detaches from the skin.

Curettage and electrosurgery

Curettage involves scraping away the wart with a curette, a sharp, spoon-shaped instrument, while electrosurgery uses an electric current to burn it off. These methods are often used together for larger warts.

Excision

Excision involves surgically cutting out the wart. It’s a more invasive procedure typically reserved for larger or more resistant warts and is performed under local anesthesia.

Cost of Wart Removal

The starting cost of Wart Removal in Dubai can be around AED 1500. The final cost of wart removal varies based on several factors, including:

  • Type of warts
  • Treatment selected
  • The size of the affected area
  • The practitioner’s expertise
  • The geographic location and reputation of the treatment facility or clinic

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Warts can be problematic, causing discomfort or pain, and may have aesthetic concerns, especially if located on visible areas of the body. While there is no cure for the HPV that causes warts, the lesions themselves can be effectively treated and removed. While current treatments focus on removing existing warts, they do not cure the underlying HPV infection, hence do not prevent the possibility of new warts appearing. New warts can appear in the surroundings of the treated region or any other skin area. Early treatment of new warts can be more effective and may reduce the risk of spreading.

Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic offers advanced treatment options to manage warts effectively. At this clinic, you will meet top-rated and highly experienced dermatologists, aestheticians, and practitioners with unparalleled expertise in the field of medical cosmetics. For more details, please call +971 4 348 5575. You can also book a consultation online by filling out the form below.

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