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What are Warts? - Causes & Treatments

A skin wart is an infection by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. A skin wart usually occur on the forearms, palms, fingers, and/or feet and its appearance depends on its location. A slightly raised small solid growth that resemble a small cauliflower with a rough texture are commonly found on hands. A flat, rough with spongy surface warts are called the plantar warts, they are commonly found on the soles of the feet. Lastly, small slightly raised, smooth warts can be found on the face, hands and shins. They are less common as compared to the other warts and they appear in large numbers. The plantar warts on the feet may be painful due to the pressure areas as they get pushed into the skin. 

Although skin warts are harmless, they are contagious and can spread from one part of the body to another or to children.Thus it is important to always wash your hands regularly. Warts are developed when tiny blood vessels grow into the core of the wart to supply it with blood. To remove it, we must first destroy the blood in the tiny vessels and lasers are one of the ways to do it. 

Wart Removal at Ensoul Clinic Singapore

The traditional method to treat skin warts was to use an ablative laser to destroy the wart. However, to carry out a complete removal, the surrounding skin will also get damaged, leaving a depressed scar. The newer method I now practice is to use a vascular laser to cut off the feeding blood vessels to the wart. The infected tissue eventually dies and the warts falls off while the surrounding skin remains intact.