Treatments for viral warts at Belgravia Dermatology
- About – Viral warts are common infections of the skin causing raised spots to appear
- Treatments – Viral warts can be treated with wart creams and by freezing them. Resistant warts may require surgical curettage (scraping) and cautery (melting).
- Self help – Wart paints can be purchased over the counter
- Next step – If you would like treatment for a wart then please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists
What is a viral wart?
Viral warts are growths of the skin that arise from infection by the wart virus. They are infectious and can be transmitted from person to person and are different to seborrhoeic warts which are not contagious and occur with age. Viral warts most commonly occur on the feet (verruca) and hands, but they can occur around the mouth and in the genital area as well.
Can adults get viral warts?
Yes, it is possible for adults to acquire viral warts. This may be because they did not have viral wart infection when they were younger, or if they did, their immunity to the wart virus has weakened.
What are the symptoms of viral warts?
Viral warts can cause irritation, pain and tenderness especially when they are under the weight bearing areas of the feet. They may also look unsightly and become persistent.
My warts have been present for years and just won’t go
Viral warts will only disappear once the immune system has developed immunity against the virus causing them. This can be helped along by a course of freeze treatments, or deeper surgical removal along with wart creams.
Can viral warts be treated?
Viral warts can be treated with wart creams and by freezing them. Resistant warts may require surgical curettage (scraping) and cautery (melting).
Viral wart treatments at Belgravia Dermatology
- Detailed consultation and skin analysis by a Dermatologist including a full head to toe skin check assessing all warts and other skin lesions with Dermoscopy
- Wart removal by freeze treatment (cryotherapy, scraping (curettage) or melting (cautery). A course of six or more treatments may be required.
What should I do next?
If you would like assessment or treatment for viral warts then please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists who will be happy to help.