What is a wart?
Wart: Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a benign skin growth that occurs when a virus called human papilloma virus infects the upper layer of the skin. Although it is mostly seen in the hands and feet, it can occur in the whole body.
How do warts occur?
Virus (Human papilloma virus) causes warts. It occurs after direct contact with the wart or contact with something that already has HPV infected. Trauma to the skin, such as cuts or injuries, facilitates transmission.
Is wart contagious?
Yes, it is contagious. The risk of infection varies according to the area where the wart is located. While hand and foot
warts are the least dangerous warts, genital warts are the most contagious. Warts in the genital area (due to the risk ofcancer) should be looked at by dermatology specialists.
What are wart treatments?
Electrocautery Treatment (Incineration): In the electrocautery method, the lesions are burned by giving sudden heat with high-frequency RF waves. Local anesthesia is used to make the procedure painless. The burned areas are crusted and left to the self-healing process. A recovery period of 10-15 days is usually sufficient.
Cryotherapy (Freezing): The process of freezing with liquid nitrogen gas is applied on the wart. There is no open wound, so there is no risk of infection. A recovery period of 5-10 days is usually sufficient.
Laser Wart Treatment: Laser applications are another treatment option for warts that are resistant to cryotherapy and radio frequency treatments. There is a recovery period of 10-15 days. It can be used on resistant warts, especially in areas where the skin is thick, such as the soles of the feet.
Wart Treatment with Medication: Salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid can be used.
How long does wart treatment take?
Each session of wart treatment can take between 5 and 20 minutes on average, depending on the width of the lesions.The full cure may vary depending on the patient’s immune system and the structure and depth of the wart. Sometimes one session is sufficient, in some cases 4-5 sessions may be needed. Session intervals are on average 3-4 weeks.