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.