The filiform wart also known as a digitate wart or verruca filiformis, is a long and slender wart. The wart projects quite a bit from the skin’s surface and is described as a stalk with finger-like projections.
The digitate wart prefers to grow on thin skin areas. Therefore, these warts are commonly found on the eyelids, around the eyes, around the lips, on the neck, on the armpits, on the chin, and on the nose.
These benign warts are flesh colored and grow rapidly. Any age group can get the warts, but older children have a higher incidence of contracting them.
The filiform warts can itch and bleed. Because they project away from the skin’s surface and are thin, they usually experience a lot of friction and rubbing and can break open. This leads to discomfort caused by abrasion of the wart. This can also lead to spreading of the wart and possible infection. Therefore, treatment is recommended, especially if the wart is in an area that does experience constant rubbing or friction.
In terms of treatment, the digitate wart is easy to treat compared to several of the other wart types. Liquid nitrogen or cryotherapy can be used for some skin areas. However, in other more sensitive areas, such as on the eyelids or around the eyes other treatments are preferred. Examples of these other wart remedies include removal with scissors or a scalpel.
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