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1. What is a wart?
A wart is a small, benign and hard growth on the skin that may appear anywhere on the body. Caused by virus, a wart may look like a small cauliflower or a solid blister. Warts mostly appear on your fingers or hands.
2. What are the different types of wart?
The most common types of warts are common warts or verruca vulgaris, plantar warts, plane warts (verruca plana), filiform warts (verruca filiformis), mosaic warts and periungual warts. Warts usually go away on their own.
3. What are the non-surgical treatment option for warts?
Treatment is not required for most of the warts as they clear up on their own. There are many types of treatments available for the removal of warts. The common non-surgical treatments include stronger peeling medicine (salicylic acid), freezing (cryotherapy), laser treatment and cantharidin.
4. Who can do wart removal surgery?
Surgery is considered only if a wart has not gone away on its own, or has not responded to other treatments. Dermatologists are trained and skilled in wart removal surgery. Your doctor can either cut away your wart or burn it using electricity.
5. When does a wart need surgical tretment?
When the wart does not go away on its own, or if it does not respond to other treatments, you may consider surgery for wart removal. Surgery can be used for cutting away the wart. In this minor surgery, the base of the art will be destroyed by using an electric needle or by cryosurgery.