Common FAQs about Warts on the Face
Remember your mom telling you that touching toads can give you warts? Turns out, she was wrong.
While toad warts result from the accumulation of mucus and poison gland secretions, skin warts are caused by infection of the human papilloma virus or HPV. Warts can develop anywhere in the body. Each type is caused by a different strain, which number to about 150.
Common warts on face are technically called verruca plana. They are round, flattened smooth growths, which are light brown in colour. Aside from your face, they can also appear in your hands. You can also have filiform face warts that are long and slender and extend to your neck area.
The following are frequently asked questions about face warts:
How do you get them on the face? The growths are highly contagious. They are easily passed from one person to another through direct or indirect contact. The latter is through water such as community swimming pools or communal showers. The virus can also spread from one part of the body to another.
Why are warts on face said to be incurable?
Actually, this is technically incorrect. While warts tend to recur even after treatment, this is because most drugs and procedures are geared at removing them. They do nothing in enhancing your immune system to fight HPV. The most effective method to get rid of the condition is strengthening your immune system.
Is it true that warts are cancerous?
It is an established fact that genital warts can lead to cervical cancer 70 percent of the time. How about those on the face? Medical professionals advise to have rapidly growing warts checked right away as they may be precancerous. In fact, all skin lesions that tend to increase in size warrant additional attention from your doctor.
Do you need to treat warts?
This depends on your level of embarrassment especially since the disease is associated with a lot of social stigma from its being contagious. Advancements in medical science have provided a lot of options for people wanting a quick fix to their wart problems. You can use topical drugs to remove the warts. For recurrent and severe cases, surgical procedures such as laser and cryotherapy are indicated.
Does having face warts mean you have sexually transmitted disease? You might wonder whether HPV is the same causative agent of genital warts. Although both the common and genital warts are caused by HPVs that belong to the same family, they are actually of different strains.
What does self-limiting mean? This means that the warts on face tend to go away on their own, but not all. Although warts are recurrent and exist for a long time, some disappear after months to years even without treatment. This is the time it takes for your immune system to fight the virus through antibodies and white blood cells. You can speed the process of clearing the virus out of your system through healthy living. Three rules of a healthy life are to eat right, move right, and sleep right.