wart anatomy diagram

What’s are Wart Seeds?

Warts are benign skin lesions caused by cell proliferation triggered by human papilloma virus (HPV). 

The diagram shows a wart as a raised area of skin which contains HPV virus infected cells. The wart is essentially a viral infection in the top layer of skin which causes rapid growth of cells on the outer layer. The surface of the skin tends to become ‘crusty’ and raised, looking rough and calloused.

Wart Seeds

In some cases, little black dots appear in the wart. These are especially visible in verrucas (foot warts).  These are caused by blood vessels within the wart. They are also sometimes known as ‘seed warts’.

Treating Warts

Some warts will disappear on their own after some time, but this can take months or even years.

For stubborn or large warts, treatment is generally the fastest route to clear them up and prevent them from spreading.

The objective is to destroy the virus which causes the cells to multiply and thicken. There are home treatments, but the virus is very stubborn and often professional treatment is required to beat it, sometimes with more than one session.

Professional Wart Removal

For stubborn warts, professional wart removal treatment is recommended, as more aggressive methods can be used than DIY/at home treatments.

Treatment using  freezing, laser or surgical techniques is available at Skin Surgery Laser Clinic who have a selection of locations conveniently based in London and Bristol. All procedures are carried out by highly trained and experienced doctors and surgeons.

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