Warts are a very common and common infection caused by a virus called HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).
WHERE IS WATTS (HPV) MOST SEEN?
Wart virus can cause disease all over the body. Although it is most commonly seen on the soles of the hands and feet; It can be seen all over the body, including the face. The most difficult and troublesome treatment, and the most upsetting area for the patient, is the infection around the Genital Area and Anus.
When you have a cut or injury to your skin in some way, your chances of catching one of these viruses increase. Most warts are harmless, but because they are viruses, they are extremely contagious. Direct contact with the wart or anything else that touches the wart can spread the virus. It is common in the hands, fingers, and feet.
Warts are usually skin-colored, hard and rough. There are also types of dark (brown, gray-black), flat and soft warts. Warts on the soles of the feet have a flat appearance and can be mistaken for calluses. Such warts can be pushed inward and cause pain as they walk.
WHO HAS WATTS MORE FREQUENTLY?
Almost everyone can get warts, but some people are thought to be more prone to contracting the HPV virus that causes warts. Children, teenagers, people who bite their nails, cut their cuticles, and people with a weak immune system (the body’s defense mechanism) are at higher risk of developing warts.
WHAT ARE THE RISK CONDITIONS IN THE TRANSMITTION OF THE WART VIRUS?
to be allergic
Diseases or drugs that weaken the immune system
Sexual contact (genital warts can be easily transmitted through contact)
Cuts and sores on the skin (makes it easier for the virus to settle)
Common areas; pool, Turkish bath, spa, bath, shower, toilet
Hairdressers and beauty salons that do not pay attention to hygiene conditions
Commonly used items such as towels, bathrobes, slippers, shoes, etc. that may have come into contact with the wart
Frequent shaved areas of the skin (the likelihood of cuts and opening the door to the virus increases)
Direct contact with a wart – shaking hands with, or touching, someone who has a wart
Nail biting habit
Weakening of the body’s resistance due to fatigue, insomnia, stress, malnutrition, diet, anemia
In the treatment, it is aimed to radically destroy the warty area on the skin. The doctor determines the treatment plan according to the number of lesions, the area and extent of the patient, and the age of the patient.
In the treatment of warts, topical creams and solutions may be preferred first. Although not always very successful results can be obtained, topical treatments may be preferred first, especially in pediatric patients.
Laser Therapy in Wart Treatment; Warts can be treated very successfully with the CO2 Laser
Electrocauterization Method in Wart Treatment; Wart bases can be treated by burning after numbing with local creams or injections. It is the most preferred and very effective treatment method.
TREATMENT OF GENITAL WARTS
All treatment options are also valid for this region. Since Genital Warts are generally sexually transmitted; It is classified as Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the patient should be warned in this regard. Having multiple partners and unattended sex life can lead to greater dangers. Stimulating the patient in this respect is actually the most important part of the treatment. Topical treatments, laser treatment, cauterization method or cryotherapy (freezing method) can be applied. A comprehensive examination for other Sexually Transmitted Diseases should be done for every patient presenting with genital warts.
WHAT SHOULD BE ATTENTION TO SO THAT THE WATS DO NOT RETURN?
Since warts are generally transmitted from common areas, it is necessary to pay attention to absolute hygiene in common areas. Not to walk barefoot in the hammam, sauna or gym without slippers; not using common towels, trying not to use public toilets out of necessity is important for protection. Since wart virus usually enters our body through our openness, it is necessary to take good care of small abrasions on our body and to treat these areas as soon as possible.
Our general health is important because warts cause infection in our body at a time when our body resistance is low. Good sleep, healthy eating, not consuming cigarettes and alcohol, drinking plenty of water, sports will make us healthy in general and will prevent us from easily getting the wart virus into our body.