Dermatologist explains how to deal with warts

Dermatologist explains how to deal with warts
Dermatologist explains how to deal with warts

Warts are unattractive, uneven growths on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). If you find that these bumps are resistant to treatment, therapist Dr. Ross Perry won't be surprised.

As director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics and with a specialist interest in dermatology, including wart removal, Dr Ross Perry understands why his patients turn to him for support.

"Treating warts can be very long and frustrating [for the patient]," he said. "Over-the-counter products such as homemade freezing solutions and sprays may seem like a cheap alternative, but they are often ineffective."

And for those of you who have experienced the disappointment of seeing your money just drain away, Dr. Perry has even worse news.

“If the treatment doesn't work, the problem can get worse,” he warned. "If you've tried to treat the warts but they keep coming back, then the treatment didn't help kill the virus." A weakened immune system can be a challenge when it comes to dealing with a nagging virus.

Although the virus itself is not dangerous, the unpleasant, warty skin rash will continue to appear when you feel tired, stressed or smoke. That's because after infection, "we keep the wart virus in our body for the rest of our lives," Dr. Perry said. The virus is easily spread from person to person through skin-to-skin contact, which means it's contagious. If you have a few warts, don't be surprised if the people you live with also have them.

Treatment Procedures That Work

“For those who have failed elsewhere, laser is a great option for wart removal,” says Dr. Perry. "The laser penetrates the skin to destroy the papilloma virus under the surface of the skin, so the wart will finally disappear."

A minor wart removal surgery may also be done where a medical professional "cuts the wart with an electric needle or cryosurgery". Whatever you decide, rest assured that there are wart removal methods that actually work.

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