The wart on the skin is bump on the skin caused by the virus. The virus attacks the skin cells, causing them to multiply rapidly. Viruses that cause the wart are transmitted by contact or contact with the “skin” that fell of the wart.
Types of warts on the skin
There are several different types of warts. An ordinary wart (called a verruca, if it appears on the feet or on the palm) is a hard, dormant, white or color-colored, with cauliflower-like surface. Inside, there are small, coagulated blood vessels. Common warts can develop anywhere on the body, though it usually occurs in the hands. On the palms and on the feet it is often pressed so that the surface is at the same level with normal skin.
Several warts may appear on the foot, one by one, 25 mm (or more) in diameter.
Common warts are usually painless. However, the wart on the foot is pressed when walking and can be very painful.
Of the other, less common types of warts, we can mention verrucae planae juveniles, which occur most often in children, and genital warts (condylomata accuminata) that develop on the penis and vulva. The last two types are likely caused by different strains of the virus.
Molluscum contagiosum is an infection that looks like warts in which tiny white nodules with a central cavity are developing. These nodes are also common among children.
Frequency of occurrence
Warts are common in adolescents and children, and rarely in adults. One or more warts will be found in approximately 5% of school children.
What to do?
All warts are harmless and disappear naturally through time. But, if you have warts and consider them to be ugly, you can remove them in some cases. However, if you have a genital warts (regardless of whether you are a male or a female) or if your child has a molluscum contagiosum, you should contact your doctor.
You must also go to a doctor if you have any warts and if you are older than 45, since in older people any form that resembles harmless warts may be a sign of a more serious skin disorder.
Self-help: there are many old remedies to remove warts, but there is no evidence that any of them actually works. The best way to treat warts is to use warts tincture, which can be obtained in apothecary without a prescription and which can destroy infected tissue. In most cases, you will have to wrap your warts daily for a few weeks, carefully avoiding the surrounding healthy skin. In the meantime, gently remove the loose “skin”.
Do not treat the warts on the face or the genitals with tincture, as the skin is very sensitive in those places. Also, keep in mind that tincture does not come into your eyes. If you have an ugly wart that does not respond to tincture, contact your doctor.
Professional help: your doctor may prescribe a different tincture. If it does not work, or as an alternative procedure, the doctor can remove the wart by freezing it with liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide. A wart can also be burned (diathermy) or squashed with local anesthesia. Most warts, with time, react to treatment and disappear.