Beauty: Warts

Warts are unsightly, unwanted and sometimes they are in places where they irritate. We usually have the wart removed, even though that is not always easy. What is a wart and how do we get rid of it?

What is a wart?

A wart is a callous growth on the skin, usually in the form of a lump. Colloquially we sometimes call it a cauliflower shape. The wart is caused by a virus, this virus comes from the human papillomavirus and there are many of them. Even if the wart disappears (spontaneously or with the help of the doctor or a remedy), the virus remains present.
Warts often occur in places that are frequently used, such as the hands and feet, but there are also types that occur, for example, on the neck.
A wart is not malignant and removal is therefore purely for aesthetic reasons .

How do you get rid of a wart?

Many warts disappear at some point, there is no telling how or when, but a wart can suddenly disappear. If this does not happen, it is advisable to consult a doctor and he/she will destroy the infected tissue. By the way, we are not talking about a 100% guaranteed method. In addition, there are also remedies for sale at the drugstore, but these are also not guaranteed to last.


  • A commonly used method is freezing with liquid nitrogen. There are even special consultation hours at the GP.
  • Cutting away the infected tissue is another method.
  • An ointment or tincture frequently applied can also work (salicylic acid, monochloroacetic acid)
  • A cytostatic drug such as bleomycin which is injected into the wart


Different kind of warts

An age wart, round, yellow-brown, slightly convex and rough, is not a wart that occurs from the viruses as described above. This concerns benign tumors. Checking the spots is advisable, as they are difficult to distinguish from melanoma.
Genital warts are sexually transmitted and recognizable by warts on the skin around the genitals. Some of these warts can cause cervical cancer. Someone who is infected with HIV can be left with a carcinoma near the anus. Always consult the doctor. Burning or freezing are commonly used methods to get rid of it.

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