“The concept of wart is used indiscriminately to any type of excrescence on our skin. A wart is an infection caused by the human papilloma virus and there are benign and malignant lesions that can simulate it, so we should not make self-treatment without diagnosis of an expert. “
This is the warning of José Carlos Moreno, Honorary President of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV), who makes it clear that warts “usually disappear on their own over time.”
In this regard, he insists that some may take up to two years to disappear. However, he said that these injuries “are contagious for the patient himself and his environment.” Following numerous advertisements of certain treatments that are based on the application of cold, Moreno alert that some “are ineffective, since the material used to cool (cryogen) is insufficient and in no way comparable with liquid nitrogen reaches 200 degrees Celsius. “
The expert also mentioned treatments based keratolytic that although “generally effective, it must be handled carefully because they can cause burns.” In his opinion, the best advice I can give foot counter to the patients who come to the pharmacy with a consultation of this type is that the patient “is sure the injury has a wart.”
“They should never recommend aggressive therapies and should always refer to a specialist when you have the slightest doubt or no response to treatment.” Once diagnosed, Moreno recalls that treatment should be applied directly to the lesion, “trying to protect the area around.”
“Let us not limit ourselves to their exclusive use on wart -concreta- but we have to leave a safety margin, since the visible area is just the tip of the iceberg.”
In their experience, one of the errors that often make the population in these cases is, in addition to treating lesions not warts, “withdraw treatment before they have removed the injury”, since the result “very slow” .
Another added problem is pain therapies “This increases as we progress, what does that leave before achieving complete elimination” of injury, finds the dermatologist.