A skin lesion is an abnormal growth or patch of skin that does not resemble the area of skin around it. Warts are small, noncancerous bumps that appear on your skin when you are infected with one of the many viruses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) family.
Warts or skin lesions are benign skin growths caused by a viral infection. Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV is passed by direct or indirect contact. It can take a wart two to six months to develop after your skin has been exposed to the virus. Many people prefer to remove the warts but the most common warts eventually disappear on their own.
The following factors increase the risk of getting skin lesions:
Signs & Symptoms:
A skin lesion is an area of the skin which has changed appearance; the change may affect a small spot or an entire area. You could get skin lesions on the face or body. There are many varieties of common warts or benign (not malignant) skin lesions.
You should see a doctor if the warts are painful or change their colour and they do not disappear even when you treat them. Also, if you are unable to identify the growth as a wart, as they sometimes appear as an indication that your immune system is malfunctioning, then you must consult a doctor immediately.
A dermatologist at Medcare will diagnose warts by a visual examination. The diagnosis will establish what type of warts you have. The diagnosis of genital warts may require a vinegar solution test or a pap test or a DNA test.
Visit the Dermatology Centre of Medcare to know the most suitable warts treatment for you. If the wart or lesion is at an early stage, your dermatologist may treat it by medication. Other common procedures that may be prescribed for treating warts include cryotherapy, electrocautery, surgical removal or laser surgery.
Cryotherapy involves freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen. Electrocautery uses electrical current. Radiofrequency ablation, laser treatment, or wart removal surgery are some of the other options available at the Medcare Dermatology Centre.
A: Yes, warts can be spread by touching another person’s warts, or surfaces that have been touched, such as bed linen or furniture.
A: Wash your hands thoroughly after you touch any warts. Don’t pick on warts. Don’t brush, comb or shave areas where warts are present as these actions may cause them to spread.
A: While there are some over-the-counter treatments available that you can try at home, if they do not get rid of the warts, you should see a specialist. Your dermatologist may opt for cryotherapy, which is freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen, or surgical removal.
Electrocautery, that uses electrical current, radiofrequency ablation and laser treatment are some of the other options available at Medcare’s Dermatology Centre.
A: When you are treating your warts, you will benefit from boosting your immune system by consuming foods rich in Vitamin C – citrus fruits and strawberries, and foods containing zinc – chickpeas and pumpkin seeds. Green leafy vegetables and probiotic foods such as live-culture yoghurt and raw cheeses are also good for you.