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Warts and Viruses

Wart-like skin conditions, also known as verrucas are caused by viruses – nearly fifty different species identified so far! If you want to get rid of them, you had better know your enemy.

“Verruca, commonly referred to as wart, is an anomalous epithelial cell proliferation caused by skin infection,” explains Dr. Márta Boros-Gyevi, dermatologist and cosmetologist at Dr. Rose Private Hospital. “Anything could lead to infection: surface injuries, damp skin, excessive perspiration, some other disease that temporarily impaired the immune system, or even orthopaedic deformities of the feet.”

Verrucas can appear anywhere on the body, often causing considerable pain. Women should be especially careful, as genital wart could even aggravate into cervical cancer.

“There are potent OTC medicines for treating warts at home. All the same, given the large number of various pathogens that might cause it, you are advised to consult a dermatologist before you try to hack that growth on your own,” warns the specialist. “Without professional treatment the condition might linger on for years or recur unexpectedly.”

Your doctor may suggest surgical treatment, such as cryosurgery (freezing the wart), using an electric or laser scalpel, or the combination of these methods. “At Dr. Rose Private Hospital we most often use liquid nitrogen to painlessly freeze off the wart,” says Dr. Boros-Gyevi. “Cryosurgery is equally effective in removing other skin anomalies, such as solar or seborrheic keratosis.”

Good to know

Should you detect even the tiniest verruca on your skin, make sure you leave the surface intact. By scratching, rubbing or chewing on the verruca, you are likely to quickly spread the condition to other parts of your body. You don’t want to do that! Seek medical help immediately to be advised about the most effective treatment.