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Warts shouldn’t be dealt with lightly. The skin condition can take away from your overall beauty and wellness. Plus, they often are an indication of a deeper concern.
Defeating warts isn’t just about knowing the direct treatments. Educating yourself is vital as well. This way, you know what are the best things to do first, if not how to prevent them too.
Since there are a lot of misconceptions about warts, let’s tackle them one by one with facts from Belo Medical Group’s Dr. Princess Odita.
Myth: Warts are genetically inherited or happen when you touch frogs. Fact: Leave the frogs alone! They have nothing to do with warts. A wart is caused by a viral infection. When this virus strain comes in contact with the skin or mucous membranes, you get those ugly bumps. Warts are also not caused by your genes.
Myth: All warts are made the same.
Fact: There are different types of warts. Since they stem from a virus, and viruses come in more than 150 types, you can imagine how warts vary. There are genital warts and nongenital warts which are common warts, flat wards, and palmoplantar warts.
Common warts are skin-colored bumps and so are flat warts. The can be found on the hands and knees, face and neck. Palmoplantar warts are round rough bumps with smooth borders, usually found on the foot.
Myth: You can let warts alone and they will go away on their own.
Fact: Not true. Some warts do go away naturally but they can exist for years. Also, it is not advisable to leave them alone, especially if they are palmoplantar.
Warts, in general, can be unsightly and cut away from your confidence. Warts on the face can be particularly annoying and are indeed a beauty concern aside from a health issue.
Myth: All wart treatments are created equal
Fact: Since warts behave differently due to the virus that causes them, there are several ways to say good-bye to them.
At the Belo Medical Group, the Carbon Dioxide Laser Removal Treatment is proven to be an efficient and effective wart zapper. It only takes only one session to get rid of warts.
Carbon Dioxide Laser Removal Treatment involves cream anesthesia that is applied one hour before using the carbon dioxide laser. There is minimal to no scarring involved due to the laser’s capability to treat exactly the affected spot.
Facial warts only need five to seven days downtime before the scabs left behind are completely gone. For warts found on the neck and other parts of the body, you just need to allow 10 to 14 days of downtime.
Think about it though: For a maximum of two weeks, that’s not a lot of downtime compared to the relief you get by treating warts immediately with results that you can see at once. Plus, with the guidance of your Belo Medical dermatologist, you may never have to face another wart again in your life.