Warts and Verrucas are contagious, viral infections which are usually found on the hands or the feet. They appear as a cluster of skin cells that have been infected and transformed by the virus, and as they are contagious and often unsightly, they are commonly removed. Skin Tags are small growths which hang off the skin, they are usually harmless and don’t cause pain or discomfort but can cause embarrassment and inconvenience depending where on the body they are, so they are often removed. Our specialist doctors have the expertise to deliver outstanding results and remove skin tags, warts and verrucas.
How Can Skin Tags, Warts & Verrucas Be Removed?
There are a number of ways skin tags, warts and verrucas can be successfully removed. These include:
Warts can be painted with a topical solution that can eventually kill off the skin the virus is living in; however this treatment can take many months of daily applications, and some warts still remain despite the diligence.
Cryosurgery treatment involves liquid nitrogen to kill off the infected tissue. Usually multiple treatments at 2 to 3 week intervals are required. A spay, cotton swab or a metal device called a cryoprobe will be placed on the skin tag, wart or verruca and extremely cold liquid nitrogen will be applied. This freezes the cells it comes into contact with, causing them to disappear within a few days.
Electrocautery uses a small probe to accurately introduce an electric current into the wart material with the aim of cauterising the blood supply. Occasionally, this is combined with curettage (scraping off the wart) with prior local anaesthetic injection to numb the area. This is often the treatment of choice for a single symptomatic wart. During your consultation, your skin condition will be assessed and the most appropriate treatment option will be discussed with you.
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Why choose St. Michael's Clinic?
Here at St. Michael's Clinic, Shrewsbury's leading private skin and laser treatment clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are able to offer NHS patients a consultant led dermatology service from our three sites in Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock and Donnington (Telford).
St. Michael's Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Stephen Murdoch is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. We are part of the Dermatology Partnership, a leading group of dermatology clinics, defined by clinical excellence and focusing on leading dermatological care.