Varrucea viruses are sum-microscopic infecting organisums which require a living host for their propagation.
These Varrucea are commonly called warts and are caused by infection of the skin by the papilloma virus. The infection is limited to the epidermis (the thin outermost non-sensitive nonvascular layer of the skin) and auto-inoculation (introduction of infective agent, vaccine, serum into the tissues) is common. Warts are common in children but adult with immune deficiency may also develop extensive warts.
wart - Varruca Vulgaris
Clinically the lesions differ depending upon the sub-type of the virus causing the infection. Warts grow very slowly and are completely asymptomatic.
This is the commonest type. The lesion starts as a skin-colored or brownish papule with an irregular surface. It is commonly seen on the hands, forearms, face, and occasionally on the nail folds or under the nails.
These are also skin-colored papules (a small, circumscribed, solid, elevated lesion of the skin) which are only slightly raised from the skin surface. These are commonly seen on the face and the back of the hands and forearms.
These are finger like projections of warty tissue commonly seen on the neck and face.
These warts usually occur as clusters of verrucous lesions on the soles and tend to grow inwards into the soles. A planter wart may causes
pressure on the underlying nerve.
These are also called condylomata accuminata and produce fungating masses of verrucous tissue on the glands in the male, vulva in the female and less commonly other area in genital region. These lesions tend to grow very fast during pregnancy and may cause difficulty in parturition. Genital warts are usually transmitted during sexual contact.
Treatment of the Warts:
The treatment of all type of warts consists of destructions of the infected tissue with a cauterizing chemical such as phenol or trichloroacetic acid. Electric heat, cryosurgery or a lesser also is used for destruction of the lesion. In each case it is necessary to destroy the lesion as completely as possible. In case there is a recurrence, it is better to destroy the lesion at the earliest possible rather than allow it to grow to a big size again. The genital wart can be treated with twice weekly applications of 25% podophyllum in tincture benzoin till the lesion disappears completely.
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