Genital warts can be found commonly with both men and women, but there is no need to worry – they are easily treatable.

Genital Warts

Transmission of genital warts most commonly occurs during sex. They are warty lesions that usually appear on the penis, vagina, groin, pubic and anal areas. Genital warts do not necessarily appear instantly and may take months or years to appear which means they are not always from a recent partner or contact.

NHS sexual health clinics can offer a rapid full set of screening tests if you have any concerns relating to sexual health issues. Tests for both STD (sexually transmitted diseases) and STI (sexually transmitted infections) screening are available, giving you a comprehensive overview of your sexual health.

The NHS can provide treatment for genital warts, but these treatments are usually limited to creams and freezing sessions. Private treatments (non-NHS) are more comprehensive and can include freezing, laser, and surgical options that deliver faster and more effective results.

Our patients are seen quickly as we don’t have waiting lists. Same-day treatments are available to give you the best service possible.

Are Warts Contagious?

Warts are contagious and spread easily through contact. This means they can transfer from one area of your face and body to another, as well as to other people. The symptoms of infection do not always appear immediately, and it can take months before a wart finally appears.

Are there any side effects?

Pigmentation in the skin around the affected area may slightly increase, and it is often more noticeable in those with darker skin. This effect will fade and disappear as time passes.

Will laser removal or Cryotherapy leave a scar?

While the treatments tend not to leave a scar, it can take some time for the skin in the area to return to normal.

Does Wart and Verruca Treatment Hurt?

Patients find laser removal treatments to be virtually pain free, and it has been compared to being flicked with an elastic band in when performed in the most sensitive areas. Cryotherapy is also without pain as the treatment area is numbed before treatment.

When either treatment is completed, the skin in the area may remain tender for several days. It will need to be covered for this period, and it is recommended that a sunscreen is used on the area for 6 months due to the treated skin being more sensitive to sunlight.

How Does Wart and Verruca Removal Work?

We use a pulsed YAG laser to perform wart removal treatment. This enables us to target and destroy the wart or verruca with damaging the healthy skin that surrounds it. Laser treatment cuts off the blood supply to the wart, safely removing it from your body.

The CryoPen® Cryosurgery device uses nitrous oxide to remove skin lesions. It creates a high-pressure ultra-cold jet that destroys the tissue by freezing the wart. The blood supply to the wart is once again interrupted and the freezing temperature rupture the cell membranes within the wart, killing and removing the wart safely and effectively.

How many treatments will I need?

This will be determined by the size and location of the wart or verruca. Your practitioner will assess the lesion and will advise you on the required treatment. Simple warts that have previously been untreated have the potential to be removed in a single treatment, where other warts may need up to 6 treatments to be fully dealt with. In this instance, treatments are performed at 4-week intervals.

How Do You Catch Warts?

Warts are transmitted through contact, which means you can easily catch warts by direct contact with warts on other people or between different parts of your body. Warts may also be contracted via contact with objects that have been touched or used by someone with a wart, including socks, shoes, towels, and even surfaces like floors. To prevent the spread of warts, it is wise to treat them as soon as possible.

Is the treatment painful?

Most clients do not require the use of anaesthetic of painkillers as at most, wart and verruca treatments are mildly uncomfortable and not painful. The procedure is quick, and so any discomfort is kept to a minimum.

What are the black bits in a verruca?

A verruca may contain black or red-brown dots that can easily be seen. These are small blood vessels that are found under the skin, known as capillaries. The virus that causes warts smothers and kills these capillaries by causing layers of skin to grow, which can then be seen as dark dots within the verruca.

What can I do to avoid warts and verrucae in the future?

Always ensure that you keep your feet clean and wear fresh socks every day – and never share shoes or socks with someone else. If you’ve had a wart or verruca removed, do not use any nail file, clippers, or pumice stone that you previously used while having the condition.

What Happens After A Wart or Verruca Removal Treatment?

Once the treatment has been completed, the skin in the area that has been treated may remain pink and tender for several days. In a few cases, blistering may occur, which needs to be kept covered. After healing, there may be a slight darkening of the skin where the lesion previously was – this is just a temporary situation and the skin will gradually return to normal. Any wart or verruca that has been successfully treated will simply dry up and detach itself as any other dead skin will.

Will a wart or verruca heal on their own?

It is possible for a wart or verruca to heal without intervention, but it is not common and may take a very long time. It is more likely to happen in children, and far less likely in adults and people with weakened immune systems.

Will A Treated Wart Or Verruca Ever Come Back?

Once treated and removed, a wart or verruca will not and cannot grow back. However, as warts are caused by a virus, if the virus remains active in your body it is possible further lesions may appear.

Treatment

Cryotherapy (provided on site)

Cryotherapy gives great cosmetic results and removes genital warts but does not always remove the virus. This means that lesions can return. Cryotherapy will normally require several treatments over a number of weeks, but it is worth noting that with repeated freezing there will be a risk of scarring.

The Wart & Verruca Removal Clinic in London That You Can Trust

While over-the-counter treatments for warts and verrucas are available they are not always effective. Instead of wondering what to do next, you can choose from our range or trusted and effective wart and verruca removal treatments. With options including cryotherapy and surgical excision we’ll be able to help you quickly and effectively. Simply book a consultation with our team of experts in London and we will help you get rid of your warts and verrucas.