Common Warts

Common Warts

What are warts?

Common warts are small, rough, hard, nodular lumps on the skin that most people have at some point in their life.

They often develop on the skin of the hands and feet, but they can be found anywhere. 

Warts vary in appearance and may develop singly, however; they are more commonly found in clusters.

If you have a common wart, it will:

  • Be round or oval-shaped
  • Be firm and raised
  • Have a rough, irregular surface (cauliflower-like)
  • Often develop on the knuckles, fingers and knees
  • Vary in size, from less than 1mm to more than 10mm (1cm) in diameter.

Causes of Common Warts

Warts are caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV) and whilst they are not harmful, they are contagious. 

HPV is passed on through close skin-to-skin contact. It can also be transmitted indirectly by contact with contaminated objects. You are more likely to get infected if your skin is wet or damaged. 

After you become infected, it can take weeks or even months for a wart to appear.

Treatment with CryoPen

During the treatment a mild white frost should form evenly over the lesion. Following an initial freeze, the tissue should be allowed to thaw for about 30 seconds followed by a second freeze. 

After thawing, the tissue turns red-ish coloured and has the aspect of a zone of inflammation due to interstitial bleeding. Warts typically disappear 14 days following treatment. Aggressive Plantar’s or mosaic warts may require a follow-up treatment after the initial procedure. 

It is advised to do 3 sessions, each a week apart. The treated area should then be given 2 weeks to heal and hopefully clear up. If the area has not fully cleared,  another 3 sessions may be required to see results.

Pre Treatment Advice: Viral lesions are the hardest to treat because you are treating the lesion as well as the virus. In the days leading up to the appointment, your practitioner may recommend too do a pre-treatment to the wart or verrucae to prepare it for the best possible treatment.


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