What is a wart?
A wart is an epidermal or skin tumor that is caused by a variety of different viruses. The determination of the different warts is done by their appearance or position. A wart is a small, circumscribed tumor in the outer or thick layer of the skin. Warts are flat or are elevated by the surrounding skin and fixed. Predominantly caused by the human papilloma virus (HpV), they vary in size and may be painful, especially if they occur on the soles of the feet. The human papilloma virus belongs to the family of viruses that cause warts and is considered a possible cause of genital cancer and have recently been suspected of being involved in cancer and other abnormal growth of the eye.
What types of warts are there?
These usually grow on the fingers and on the backs of the hands and are therefore also called finger warts or hand warts.
Foot warts / plantar warts
They are usually found on the soles or plantar area of the feet and are called plantar warts, thorn warts or stinging warts.
Dellar warts / molluscs
These are especially common in children – but adults can be affected as well. These benign warts can occur individually, but also clumped. Their condition is characteristic: Molluscs are skin-colored to reddish, usually pinhead-to-pea-sized and dented in the middle – due to the latter property they are called mollusc warts.
These warts are smaller and smoother than other warts with a tendency to grow in large numbers, 20 to 100, next to each other. They can appear anywhere. In children, they are most common on the face. In adults, they are commonly found in the chin area (in males) and on the legs (in females).
Genital warts / condylomas
They grow on the genitals and in the rectal area.
They owe their name to a larger number of warts, which appear in an adjacent pattern. The Mater (mother) wart is in the middle and is surrounded by small satellite warts.
Risks of warts
1. Contagious and self-spreading warts
Warts can be transmitted from person to another person by touch. It is also possible to become infected by dealing with objects used by persons who have warts. Genital warts can be transmitted during sexual intercourse. In women, warts on the cervix or inner vagina can grow undetected. You can infect sexual partners without knowing it yourself.
2. Ability to disseminate and develop daughter warts
Warts are known to spread to other parts of the body and – more importantly – to infect other people. In some cases, self-healing occurs. Nevertheless, treatment is important, not only to prevent the spread of warts, but also to eliminate them.
Like other viral infections, warts are highly contagious. In fact, you can spread these “skin conditions” yourself. Plantar warts usually develop first in areas where the skin is heavily burdened. Infection takes place in public areas such as lockers, public or private bathrooms and hotel rooms. To limit the spread of warts while staying in such locations, the use of disinfectants and sandals or bathing shoes is recommended.
Problems after surgical removal and the use of other methods
High return rate of warts!
The “regrowth” of the warts depends on the type of treatment. Different return rates are on record. An often used treatment is self-treatment by a 5% imiquimod cream (middle name Aldara). The functionality is based on stimulating the immune system to fight the virus and the injuries. This method has a return rate of about 13-19%.
Sometimes, large warts are surgically removed under local anesthesia. This method has a return rate of about 21%. In a self-applied podofilox gel study, the cure rate was low at only 51%, but the return rate was only about 10 %. In the case of cryotherapy, the return rate of 73% is quite high.How to permanently remove warts with LeaLea cream