If you’re embarrassed by warts, chances are you’re not alone. At any given time about 10% of the UK population have warts and although it’s considered to be a minor ailment, it’s estimated to cost the NHS at least £40 million a year in treatment.
There are many types of wart. Common wart, this is raised, rough and looks a bit like a cauliflower and it can occur anywhere on the body. Then you have the plane wart. This is flat, round and is normally is seen on the hands and in and around the nails. Next you have the filiform wart. This is a very thin elongated wart. Warts on your feet are known as verrucas and typically they have a black centre and a very white, raised edge.
Warts are highly contagious. Genital warts are actually the most common form of sexually transmitted infection in the UK today.
Warts can take up to two years to clear themselves without treatment, but because they spread so easily, it’s actually better to treat them. Over-the-counter treatments at the chemists such as pastes and lotions and creams work very very well. If you find that these treatments aren’t working, then go along and see your GP. They may prescribe a chemical treatment, offer to freeze your wart, advise that you have electrocautery, which simply burns the wart off using an electric current or advise laser treatment.
Whatever you do, don’t hack away at the wart yourself because actually, that will make it even worse.
Prevention is always preferable to cure. Don’t touch other people’s warts. If you know someone has a wart, don’t borrow their flannel or their towel or their shoes or their socks. And if you have a wart, picking it will increase the risk of spreading it. Wear plasters if you’re swimming and always wear gloves using communal equipment in places like gyms because ultimately it’s up to you to stop the spread of warts.
Quick Health Advice – Warts and Verrucas
At any given time, about 10% of the UK population have warts, which costs the NHS a staggering £40m a year in treatment. In this exclusive guide, Dr McKenna discusses the various types of wart – from the common wart to the genital wart – and advises on both preventative measures and treatment options available, to ensure that these little blighters will blight you no more.
Remember that you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.
If your child is suffering from verrucas or warts, check our condition guide on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website. http://embarrassingbodieskids.channel4.com/conditions/warts/
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