What is Verruca Vulgaris and How To Treat It

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What is Verruca Vulgaris? Verruca Vulgaris is a common pediatric wart. It can occur in all pediatric patients, with peak age range from 12 to 16 years old. But small children can be affected as well. These pediatric warts are caused by the widely known Human Papilloma Viruses or HPV. The viruses have many strains and therefore are vast in spreading and creating various diseases.  These viruses can be gone without treatment, but parents opted to treat their children to a pediatrician or dermatologist to prevent discomfort.

How to Treat It? Treatments of these warts may include cryotherapy, cryosurgery, salicylic acid, cimetidine, cantharidin, heat application, tape occlusion, podophyllin resin, carbon dioxide laser, and many others. These wide range treatment choices help with the wart removal. Options to remove the wart should be best discussed with a certified physician—perhaps a pediatrician or a dermatologist. These treatment remedies are of course painful and quite costly.

The most recent treatment option is with the use of Cryotherapy with Liquid Nitrogen. The procedure can be done in a doctor’s clinic. The procedure is done by freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen. It can take for about 10 to 20 seconds. It is also done every 2 to 3 weeks. The effect of the procedure is not that certain yet. But freezing the wart causes local irritation and causing the virus to create an immune reaction. It cannot precisely kill the virus but only limits its action.

The remedies of wart removals are not certain and not quite successful. Matter of fact speaking, warts can recur any time. They are also highly contagious and can spread locally within your body.  It can even infect you by touching a surface leaned on or touched by another wart-infected individual. So, it is still a debate today of the very effective and safest treatment for wart removal.

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