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1. What is a wart?
A wart is a small, blister-like, rough-textured growth on the skin and mucous membrane. These are usually painless and caused by the human papillomavirus.
2. What are the different types of wart?
The different types of warts are (1) plantar warts on the soles of the feet, (2) genital warts in the genital or pubic area and (3) flat warts on the face, especially seen kids and teens more than adults.
3. What are the non-surgical treatment option for warts?
Warts may disappear without any treatment. However, many non-surgical treatment methods, such as cryotherapy or freezing with liquid nitrogen, cantharidin (the extract of blister beetle) and salicylic acid in the form of gel or ointment, are available.
4. Who can do wart removal surgery?
A dermatosurgeon specialised in treating skin conditions can remove warts using surgical techniques.
5. When does a wart need surgical tretment?
Warts, which are not treatable with any medication or non-surgical approach, need to be treated by minor surgery or laser surgery. In a minor surgery, an electric needle or deep freezing is used to destroy the base of the wart. Laser surgery includes burning the wart with a high-intensity laser beam.