Flat Wart : Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
A lot of people have had firsthand experience when it comes to dealing with warts. They tend to be a nuisance at times but then warts are generally harmless; they even go away sometimes entirely on their own. There are four types of wart; the common wart, filiform wart, plantar wart, and flat wart.
Warts are skin condition where the skin is infected with the viruses that belong to the HPV or human papillomaviruses family. In general warts are painless, but when warts are in parts of the body where it gets touched or bumped all the time or they are on the soles of your feet, then they start to be painful.
Flat warts are common concurrence in children. This condition is defined as benign tumors of the outer part of the skin which is the epidermis. Flat warts can appear on the hands, arms and knees but they usually appear on the face. A flat wart is often found in clusters with other flat warts and there can be hundreds of them clustered all together.
This type of warts has different characteristics than the common wart which is usually found on the hands, fingers, elbows and knees; grayish brown in color and hard and bumpy in texture with small dome-shaped sizes or the plantar wart which is common on the soles of the feet or the filiform wart which is flesh-colored with finger-like shapes usually appears on or around the eyes, nose and mouth. A flat wart on the other hand is like a size of a pinhead, its texture is smooth with a flat top unlike the other types of warts. They are usually found in colors pink, yellow or light brown.
Flat warts are very common in children and they usually appear on their faces although, these warts can also grow on their hands, arms and knees usually in clusters.
It is an old folklore that frogs and toads are the causes of warts; however it’s more scientific than that. Warts are not contagious in terms that if you have contact by simply touching a person with warts will make you have them too. This is not the way warts are spread, the mere contact with the wart itself doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have them too; it’s the viruses that causes the warts which are responsible for passing them from one person to another person. Close physical contact especially from the surface of the person’s wart itself is the main culprit for the transmission of warts. A towel, a bathmat, the shower floor or any object that a person with warts uses are possible reasons from where you can start from having warts.
A flat wart when picked or touched at all times can spread to the other parts of the body. Cut and scratches in the skin area makes it more susceptible and vulnerable to warts infection. Warts can be treated by medication and in some severe cases warts are treated by removing it through surgical procedures.