What causes Warts?
Warts are skin growth caused by a virus. Warts are common and can be a nuisance. They can grow on any part of the body like face, neck, on the fingers, along the forearm or on the pressure areas like palms or the sole.
How do they look?
Warts have a rough surface on which tiny dots may be seen. They may appear as projecting growth on face and neck. On the sole they grow inward, pressure of standing and walking may cause pain.
Are warts contagious?
Yes, warts are contagious and may spread from one part of the body to another or to other people.
What is the perfect solution for Warts?
There is no perfect treatment for warts. Treatment consists of destroying the outer layer of skin where the wart grows on. This can be done by electrosurgery, laser, cryotherapy or with topical chemical solutions. The treatment depends on the location and size of the warts and clinical judgement of the dermatologist. No matter what treatment is used, warts occasionally fail to disappear. There is no need to worry if a wart recurs; just consult your dermatologist for further therapy.
Avoid removing the mole if it is given as an identification mark for government documents such as passport, ration card, etc.
If you have tendency to develop keloids or hypertrophic scars then invasive procedures must be avoided.
Mole with irregular margin and colour should be further analysed to rule out melanoma.
Mole removal can leave behind a scar or pigmentation especially when it is big or deep.
You must follow up after suture removal, your dermatologist may suggest you topical medication to make your scar less prominent.
Remember, your mole can regrow from the little remnants which may have been left behind. Deeper moles have high chance of regrowth, in such cases multiple sittings may be required for complete removal.
Dr.S.Nagakeerthana is a consultant dermatologist and dermatosurgeon.