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Viral Warts

Periungual and Plantar viral warts .

Warts are growths on your skin caused by an infection with human papilloma virus, or HPV.
Types of warts include:

Common warts, which often appear on your fingers, toes and on the knees
Plantar warts, which show up on the soles of your feet
Genital warts, which are a sexually transmitted disease
Flat warts are skin-coloured and can appear in any area of the body
Periungual warts prefer to grow at the sides or under the nails and can distort nail growth

Warts are contagious and may spread from one area of the body to another or to others.
There is no way to prevent warts.

In children, warts often go away on their own. In adults, they tend to stay. If they hurt or bother you,
or if they multiply, you can remove them.


Many people don't bother to treat them because treatment can be more uncomfortable and troublesome
than the warts - they are hardly ever a serious problem. However, warts may be painful and they often
look ugly and cause embarrassment.

Chemical treatment

Chemical treatment includes salicylic acid, 5-fluorouracil and imiquimod which work by removing the
dead surface skin cells.


Cryotherapy is the most common treatment for warts. The wart is frozen with liquid nitrogen repeatedly,
at one to three week intervals. This is uncomfortable for a few minutes and may result in blistering for
several days.


Electrosurgery (curettage & cautery) is used for particularly large and annoying warts. Under loca
l anaesthetic, the growth is pared away and the base burned by diathermy or cautery. The wound heals
in about two weeks.

Laser Treatment

Large warts can also be treated by CO2 laser. This can result in a wound which can take about 2 weeks
to heal.


Common Adult Conditions

Acne Vulgaris
Eczema/ Dermatitis
Skin Cancers
Adult Hair Loss
Common Acquired Facial Pigmentation
Viral Warts

Dr Lynn Chiam, a dermatologist, of Children and Adult Skin Clinic in Singapore is an expert in treating all skin problems on all ages. Visit her Skin and Hair Laser Clinic in Singapore. Get your solution today!












Commom Adult Conditions

Acne Vulgaris
Eczema/ Dermatitis
Skin Cancers
Adult Hair Loss
Common Acquired Facial Pigmentation
Viral Warts

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