Warts are skin lesions caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that can appear on different parts of the body. You can find plantar, vulgar, flat warts that usually do not cause any damage and sometimes even disappear on their own. However, you may experience pain or other changes that are signs to be concerned about.
There is no procedure 100% effective; however, they can be partially removed, especially when they are placed in areas where they can limit your daily activities. The method chosen to remove wards will depend on the dermatologist.
Here you have a list of symptoms and signs that you should pay attention to:
- Itchiness: Vulgar warts shouldn’t be itchy.
- Pain: Warts should not be painful unless they are plantar warts; besides those, you should get it checked by professional for a closer examination of the area.
- Change of color: These lesions should have the same color as the rest of your skin; hence any change of color should have a closer examination.
Interfere with your daily activities: If the wart’s location doesn’t let you perform your daily activities, it is a sign that it must be removed. Hence you must consult with a professional. Most of the warts should disappear by themselves; however, some won’t and need to be treated with lasers, acids, surgical removal, or cryotherapy.
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About the Author: Dr. Angelica Parra is a Licensed Medical Doctor from Venezuela and is currently taking a Master’s degree in Dermatology. She specialized in Aesthetic Medicine and completed Advanced Training in Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation in Miami, Florida. She has specialized in applying Botox, dermal fillers, skin tightening treatments, and since then, she has worked on cruise ships as an Aesthetic Doctor.