A wart is a type of skin lesion. They're a small, rough growth, usually found on hands or feet but can appear elsewhere. Warts are commonly transferred from person to person through physical contact as they are caused by the 'human papilloma virus'. No need to panic at the word 'virus' though, it is very common. You won't notice that you've picked up the virus until a wart appears.
There are a few different ways you can have warts removed:
Cryotherapy - when liquid nitrogen is applied over the wart to freeze and kill the affected cells, getting rid of smaller warts after 2 to 3 sessions
Laser wart removal – requires local anaesthetic and is more invasive than cryotherapy, but removes the wart in one session.
Wart Removal: What do I have to do to prepare?
There is no preparation for this procedure.
Wart Removal: What about after?
After laser wart removal you may experience some ential swelling that will go down as it heals, but apart from that you should be able carry on as normal. Just make sure to keep the wound/scab clean to stop infection.
Wart Removal: Are there any risks or side effects?
Possible side effects of cryotherapy, unfortunately, are blistering, darkening of the skin, and your nails could change shape.
Wart Removal: What will it cost me?
Small wart removal averagely starts around £80 and could go up to £250 depending on how many you wish to be removed, and larger wart removal can start from £100 and go up again depending on how many you want removed.