Warts Types Flat

Different wart types have distinct physical appearances and typical occurrence sites on the body. Flat warts, or verruca plana, are also called “plane warts.” Unlike most other warts, flat warts are round, flat and smooth. They’re smaller than other warts, ranging from 0.2 to one centimeter in size, and have a range of colors, including:

  • Light brown
  • Pink
  • Skin-colored
  • Yellow.

You’ll rarely find a single flat wart, as flat warts tend to grow in groups. Even an infection of 100 flat warts is considered moderate.

Flat warts are usually found on several places on the body, including:

  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Face
  • Forehead
  • Neck.

Children and teenagers are more likely to get flat warts than adults, which is why flat warts are sometimes called “juvenile” warts.

Flat warts are not dangerous. In fact, they’re not usually painful unless they’ve been irritated by clothing, rubbing or chafing. They can, however, be unsightly, embarrassing and spread easily, which is why verruca plana treatment should begin as soon as the warts are discovered.

Flat Wart Causes

Flat warts, like all warts, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). More than 100 different strains of the HPV virus give rise to various wart types.

The primary causes of flat warts are HPV strains including:

  • HPV 3
  • HPV 10
  • HPV 28
  • HPV 49.

These strains are particularly contagious. HPV spreads by direct person-to-person contact or by touching infected objects such as towels.

Scrapes and scratches provide the HPV virus with easy access to your system. For this reason, men are more likely to get flat warts where they shave their beards and women are more likely to get flat warts where they shave their legs.

Sometimes a line of flat warts develops along a scratch. Flat warts can be slow-growing, so several months could elapse between the time you’re exposed to the HPV virus and the time you see your first flat wart.

Verruca Plana Treatment: Warts on Face and Neck Areas

Flat warts can go away in a few months without treatment, but stubborn cases can take up to two years.

To get rid of your flat warts more quickly, you can use salicylic acid to dissolve the infected skin. Over-the-counter freezing medications are available or you can try wrapping flat warts in duct tape.

Self-treatment is not recommended for flat warts on face and neck areas. Your doctor can prescribe medication to remove warts and avoid scarring. Consult a physician if you have any warts that bleed or cause pain.

Your doctor can treat your flat warts in various ways. Treatments include:

  • Applying chemicals, such as cantharidin
  • Burning with an electric needle
  • Freezing with liquid nitrogen
  • Pulsing lasers.

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