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Wart, Verruca Treatment
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Warts and verrucae are growths that develop on the skin. Though very common among the UK population and usually harmless, many people want them removed because they are contagious and unsightly. At Epsom Skin Clinics, we remove warts and verrucae with laser treatment – the most effective way to get rid of unwanted growths. A patch test will be necessary before treatment.
Warts commonly occur on the knuckles, fingers, and skin of the hands. Because they are contagious, this can interfere with day-to-day manual activities, including shaking hands.
Verrucae are essentially warts on the feet, appearing as dark spots on the skin. Verrucae can be painful and because they are contagious, can hinder sporting and bathing activities.
Warts and verrucae are caused by a virus called Human Papilloma (HPV). When you contract the virus on your hands and face, a small protruding growth appears, commonly known as a wart. When the virus breaks out on the sole of your foot, the pressure on the sole of your foot from daily activities does not allow the virus to grow outwards, pushing it back within the skin where it becomes a verruca.
The tiny blood vessels inside a wart or verruca are targeted by the laser. By heating up the blood in a focussed, localised area, the blood vessels are destroyed. Without a blood supply, the wart or verruca dies and falls off.
Because the wart is killed off by destroying its blood supply, scarring is very unlikely.
Laser treatments are quick and moderately painless. You might feel some mild discomfort, but the laser does not generally cause pain. Some clients with sensitive skin benefit from the use of topical numbing cream prior to treatment.
The number of wart or verruca removal treatments required depends on the size and location or the wart or verruca. Larger and deeply rooted verrucae may require several verruca removal treatments. A personal plan will be discussed in your consultation.
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