Warts are benign growths (hyperplasias) of the skin which are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus-HPV. More than 70 HPV types have been implicated for the development of these lesions.
Although warts constitute a benign condition, they may be a cause for concern to patients as they can cause pain, they may bleed or even hamper walking, if their site of localization is on the feet.
Warts are the second most common skin disease following acne. Children and young people are being affected by warts more often, due to the immature immune system of these individuals, although their occurrence at any age cannot be excluded, especially on the hands, feet and face.
The transmission of warts is being performed by simple contact with contaminated people or objects, often at sites which present small lyses of the continuity of the skin, abrasions or other minor injuries, while they can be spread to other parts of the body, following contact with the infected area.
Depending on their clinical presentation, warts are divided into the following categories:
Additionally, depending on their location, warts can be categorized as:
Wart diagnosis should be made exclusively by a Dermatologist via clinical examination and visual inspection. In rare cases, for the confirmation of diagnosis a biopsy may be needed, mainly if the clinical picture resembles epitheliomas or skin carcinomas in adults.
At Cosmetic Derma Medicine, we provide our patients with the following wart treatments, according to their form, site of localization and age of the patient:
At Cosmetic Derma Medicine, the highest success rates in treating warts are achieved by CO2 Laser treatment that completely destroys the lesion, even in a single session, with the lowest rates of recurrence.
The advantages of CO2 Laser treatment are the following:
As the virus is highly contagious, compliance with these specific rules is necessary for prevention: