A patient in a skin examination. A specialist for skin diseases examines the skin of a patient. The patient is dressed in white and is in a bright room of the dermatologist's office.
Male feet while walking on a shiny floor. The skin is visible. One foot stands on the ground surface, the other on the toe. A wart is visible on the sole of the foot. The foot-wart is highlighted in red.

Warts

Treatment of Warts

Warts (Latin verrucae) are, under certain circumstances, contagious, small, sharply limited, benign skin growths of the upper skin layer (epidermis). Warts usually occur on the fingers, the soles, the face or in the genital area. The cause of a wart is an infection with the human papillomavirus. Exceptions are so-called molluscum contagiosum behind which is a pox virus.

Age warts, however, are benign genetically-induced cornification disorders of the skin.

There are several therapeutic options for the treatment of warts:

  1. Local therapy with tinctures, creams and special band-aids
  2. Freezing with liquid nitrogen
  3. Laser