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Warts And Verrucas: What Are Your Treatment Options?

Warts and verrucas are particularly common. They are viruses that people contract from coming into contact with the virus on various surfaces; they are especially common in swimming pools, bathtubs, and showers.


Most people will contract the HPV virus at least once in their life (HPV is the virus that causes warts and verrucas). 


Whilst they are not particularly attractive, warts and verrucas rarely cause significant health problems. The only exception to this is when the person's immune system is compromised. In such cases, the virus can cause further ill health.


Nevertheless, although both warts and verrucas are not particularly dangerous, they are considered ugly, and many people can feel negatively affected by the presence of a wart or verruca.


Most people who have warts and verrucas want to remove them.  During the course of this article, we are going to look at some common treatments for warts and verrucas.


Duct Tape and Pumice Stone

Whilst many people consider this somewhat of an old wives remedy, it often works none the less.  All you do here, is cover the wart or verruca in duct tape - just enough to cover the wart and not too much of the surrounding skin.


After 3 days, you remove the duct tape and then buff off the verruca with a pumice stone. You keep doing this until the wart or verruca disappears. On average, it takes 12 weeks for it to work.


This treatment tends to work better for warts than for verrucas.  Furthermore, it doesn't work for everyone.



Laser Wart and Verruca Treatment

Treating warts and verrucas with lasers is a relatively new treatment option. However, it works very well and you will find wart treatment centres across the country. Many, such as the wart treatment Manchester, are available through beauty salons. 


It may seem unusual because wart and verruca treatments and generally seen as medical rather than cosmetic, but we have seen this shift in treatment because many beauty salons use lasers for beauty treatments and they just happen to also be good for wart and verruca removal.


Again, it takes around 12 weeks for the treatment to work completely. 12 weeks is around the treatment length for most types of wart and verruca removal treatments. 


Laser treatments and cryogenic treatment have a similar operation and treatment time, so we will not go into the details of cryogenic treatment, except to say that it works in a similar way to laser treatment, but it uses cold temperatures rather than hot temperatures.


Surgical Wart and Verruca Treatment

Surgical wart and verruca treatments offer the fastest way to get rid of verrucas and warts. Trained medical professionals carry them out, and so it will cost more than the other treatments we have mentioned above.


A surgeon will remove the wart or verruca using a scalpel and then they will stitch the wound. This means that you may be left with a small scar. They use local anaesthetics, so it does not particularly hurt.


There is no waiting time for the wart or verruca to disappear. As soon as they cut it off or out, it is gone.


Get Your Skin Blemish Free For The Summer Holidays

A mole is different from a wart in that it is an area of skin that has more pigment than the skin around it.  Like warts, though, they are generally not dangerous. Perhaps you find them unsightly because you have a hair sticking out of it.


If this is the case and you are planning to pack your bikini for warmer climes, you may want to make an appointment for Mole Removal Preston to have a perfect skin for tanning all over on the beach.

What you have to look out for is whether it has changed colour or becomes a different shape. If you’re not sure, then you should ask your laser professional if you should have them checked out before you commence treatment.


The change in colour could indicate signs of becoming a melanoma, a word that has become familiar in recent years. They are very curable if you are prompt in seeking a medical opinion.


If you are going for treatment because they are fine, there is then no chance that it can become more sinister. A laser beam will permanently remove it and just at this time it is ideal to have them removed in time for the summer months.


The laser beam penetrates the skin and it gets vaporised whilst the underlying layer stays intact. It will cause no bleeding.  You need to understand that you may have to have a couple of treatments for the mole to disappear completely.


They can be removed in different ways, but this treatment leaves no scars because the light is easily directed to the target area.  The only thing that could occur is that if you are dark of skin you could end up with a lighter patch where the mole once was.


Conversely, lighter skinned people may end up showing a darker patch, but it will almost certainly disappear in time.  It is a small price to pay for a flawless skin.

Have Unsightly Warts Removed For Good

If you experience a wart explosion on various parts of the body you would naturally want to have them treated so they don’t come back again.


Doctors generally don’t bother if they are not too invasive, but if you don’t agree then Warts removal Chorley by laser is your best option.



This procedure attacks the microscopic virus which is then destroyed and they very seldom resurface again after that.  The procedure itself is painless and safe if carried out by a professional.


There are several laser techniques available and it is sensible to have a look at several of them. The warts are targeted with a laser beam, the light of which penetrates the upper layer of the skin. The wart growth lies in the middle layer which is called the dermis. They kill the blood cells feeding the wart growth so it can’t survive.


The laser only works where it is directed and that is on the affected area.  You may be a little sore in places, but it all depends on where you have been treated. You should keep the wound, if there is one, clean.  This is especially important if you had verrucae on the soles of your feet removed.


All good clinics will call you in for a consultation prior to you signing up for treatment. At this time you will discuss the number of warts that need to be removed. 


You will also be told exactly what will happen, so you are completely aware what you could expect. Furthermore you will also be told about aftercare so that you know what to do when you get home.


Most warts are found on fingers, elbows and knees. Common warts have a rough surface, as you may have noticed. However, flat warts are smoother and these are often found in clusters in affected areas.


Lastly, genital warts can also be treated by laser, but not every clinic will touch these. You need to be frank when you phone for a consultation so you won’t have a wasted journey.