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Wart treatment. How to identify a wart?

As Podiatrists, our patients are always raising the question of how to differentiate if their bump or skin lesion is in fact a wart. A delay in diagnosis and subsequent wart treatment is often the reason warts spread. Here are some tips to help you identify a wart to get treatment sooner.

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Tips to identify a wart before seeking wart treatment

1) The presence of "black dots" are common (but not always present) in warts. The technical term for these are thrombosed capillaries and they will often bleed if scratched or scraped.

Below: "Black dots" commonly found in warts 
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2) Skin lines (or furrows) on the sole of the foot will travel around warts, whilst they will pass directly through corns or callus.

Below: "Skin lines" (or furrows) passing through indicates this is a corn or callus (not a wart)
wart treatment identify wart vs corn or callus

3) Warts can spread to other parts of the feet or body and often begin as small fleshy raised lesions. They may commonly spread to the hands.

4) Corns and calluses on the soles of the feet are uncommon in children 12 years and under. These lesions are more likely to be warts.

Wart treatment at Podiatry Group Melbourne

If you develop a new or painful skin lesion on your feet, it's always best to consult with a podiatrist. At Podiatry Group Melbourne our podiatrists are experienced in Swift microwave therapy for the treatment of warts on hands and feet. Swift wart treatment is available at our Niddire, Newport and Thomastown clinics.

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