Filiform warts are a type of warts which presents very specific characteristics. You can easily notice them because they protrudes above the surface of the skin. They are usually not dangerous but they can cause a lot of embarrassment and be very hard to remove.
Filiform warts grow mainly on the face and neck. This is why most of the time you can referred to them as facial warts. The areas of the face which are easier to get infected are eyelids, lips and neck which are all parts that are very visible and hard to cover. Filiform warts are long and narrow. They are usually flesh-colored, but sometimes they can be white or yellow. One of their main characteristic is that they spread very fast and it is not rare to have many of them in just a small area.
What causes filiform warts?
As all type of warts, filiform warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). To be more specific, this infection is caused by HPV type 1, 2, 4, 27 and 29. The virus penetrates inside the body through cuts or scratches and uses blood vessel to get nourishment. The HPV develop very quickly inside the body and makes skin cells grow very fast. The heat and the humidity of the skin helps its reproduction. It is the quick growth of the virus that makes the warts protrude above the surface of the skin once they start forming.
Main symptoms of filiform warts
Filiform warts are very hard not to notice compare to other types like common warts. They are different from other warts because they are very aggressive and they form and spread very quickly on the skin. Symptoms that can make you aware of the infection are itch and a tingling sensation in the area where the wart is about to grow. Then the wart is going to protrude out of the skin causing sometimes bleeding especially if it grows around the eyes. Filiform warts can develop individually, but most of the times they will form in groups.
One of the easiest ways to get infected with the human papillomavirus is to use someone else’s towel or napkin. You should know that not every time you will be in contact with an infected object or an infected person you will get the virus. For example, if you have a strong immune system your body can fight the infection before it happens. Anyway, I strongly recommended you avoid physical contact with people who show clear sign of infection and have contracted the virus. In the case you get infected, you should be very careful not to touch the wart and if you do, to immediately wash your hands. This will prevent to spread the virus on other parts of your body.
Filiform wart removal treatment
Usually, doctors suggest the use of immunotherapy treatments to cure facial warts because surgical procedure can be dangerous and cause scarring. The cream or lotion used for the cure can be easily applied on the wart, or sometimes the medication can be directly injected inside it. The immunotherapy is going to strengthen your immune system and allow your body to remove the warts from the inside. If this treatment doesn’t produce any result other possibilities are to use salicylic acid, laser surgery or cryotherapy. These procedure are very aggressive and normally are only used when other methods have failed.
You should know that removal procedures, particularly the more invasive ones, can be very painful and can leave marks on your skin. Also, none of the treatments above is going to eliminate the HPV from your body. This means that once you have remove the warts, they can always come back in the future. The result is you will have to start the removal process over and over again.
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