Warts are a skin growth caused by Human Papillomaviruses (HPV) often come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. HPV infects the top layer of skin, usually entering the body in an area of broken skin causeing the top layer of skin to grow rapidly, forming a wart. A wart may be a bump with a rough surface, or it may be flat and smooth. There are two distinctive types of warts: skin (cutaneous) wart and mucosal (genital or oral) wart.
A common wart often found on the fingers, hands, knees and elbows and plantar warts found on the soles of the feet. Interestingly, up to 70% of cutaneous warts will disappear spontaneously within 2 years (unless accompanied by an immune deficiency).
Anogenital HPV causes genital/oral warts and is a sexually transmitted disease. A persistent HPV infection increases the risk of cervical and genital cancers. Note: New vaccine against genital HPV is proven to be more that 90% effective in preventing infection and associated cancers.
Recurrent or persistent warts have a psychological impact and are one of the common visits to medical offices. If you have concerns regarding skin growths or warts please ask your family practitioner to fax a referral to SimcoDerm for assessment and treatment.