Warts are small lumps that often develop on the skin of the hands and feet. They vary in appearance, and may also develop singly or in clusters. These are non-cancerous, but can resemble certain cancers.
Common warts will:
Be round or oval-shaped
Be firm and raised
Have a rough, irregular surface
Vary in size, from 1mm to 10mm+ in diameter
Filliform warts are long and slender in appearance. These form when a strain of the human papilloma virus (HPV), causes the top layer of the skin to grow too rapidly.
Furthermore, periungual warts develop under and around the fingernails and toenails. They have a rough surface, and may affect the shape of the nail and may be painful. Mosaic warts grow in clusters and form a “tile-like” pattern, often developing on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
Who is affected by warts?
Warts can affect anyone.
Causes of warts
Certain strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause warts. This virus affects the skin and moist membranes (mucosa) of the body. There are more than 100 different strains of HPV, which cause different types of warts. HPV is passed on through close skin-to-skin contact. It can also be transmitted indirectly by contact with contaminated objects, particularly in areas surrounding swimming pools.
Skin tags can be easily removed from all over the body using advanced electrolysis. This method is extremely accurate, particularly compared to laser treatment which may spread outside the wart.
Therefore plain ones will:
Be a yellowish colour
Are smooth, round and flat-topped
Be 2-4mm in diameter
Most commonly occur in young children