Warts….Verruca Vulgaris

Warts….Verruca Vulgaris

Warts….Verruca Vulgaris

Verruca Vulgaris! No those aren’t fighting words but the medical term for warts.  When I was in school I did a presentation on Warts and gained an increased appreciation of them.   One article I read stated that 50 percent of warts resolve in 2 years without any treatment.  When I read that I was skeptical, most of the warts I had seen had been around for longer than 2 years and were nowhere near resolving.  I tested this theory out on myself.  After more than two years I have a study with a sample size of one that refutes that claim.  After your wart doesn’t go away without treatment there are several ways to treat them.

These treatments range from duct tape (needs to be silver) to surgical removal and even LASER.  These treatments have two ways to help remove warts.  The first is destruction of the wart.  The second is cueing the body to attack the wart.  This is related to that study that didn’t pan out for me.  The immune system is the best treatment for warts, but sometimes it needs a little help recognizing what’s foreign.  There is even one treatment that injects bacteria into the wart so the body will attack it.

If you think you have a wart, take a picture of it.  Then look for these two things to make sure it is a wart.  1. The skin lines (like finger prints) will be interrupted at the edge of the wart.  2. Pinpoint bleeding, which is the little dark spots in the middle of the wart.  After you have identified it’s a wart go after it with your preferred treatment, then if it doesn’t work come see me in the office.

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Warts

Warts

Warts

A plantar wart is a contagious virus known as human papillomavirus. It is often spread in public places such as gym locker rooms, pools, and other areas of high “barefoot” traffic. The virus invades the skin through cracks, cuts, or fissures. It can take months before the person realizes that it is there. They may notice it sooner if the wart happens to be on a pressure area of the foot which causes significant pain. It is usually pain that brings people into our office.

Warts settle in the top layer of our skin. If you’ve ever had a blister, the “bubble” part is the top layer of skin or the epidermal layer. When you pop the blister, you see a bright red tissue underneath the blister which is the dermal or bottom layer. Since the wart settles in the top layer of our skin, most wart treatments are aimed at causing a blister to the affected area. These treatments literally lift the wart out of the skin. In our office, we use a minor chemical burn or freeze spray, depending on the severity of the wart. After the treatment, your foot will be sore for a couple of days so we encourage you to take it easy. Sometimes the blister will pop on its own and sometimes we pop it on your follow up visit.

Most of the time, one treatment will do it. However, it can require multiple treatments and, of course, warts can recur. Every once in a while, when these conservative treatments fail, surgical excision of the wart is required. This does not occur very often.

So, if you happen to develop a painful skin lesion on the bottom of your foot, come see us and we’ll take care of it.

Dr. Jonathan Williamson

                                      

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