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.
In addition to a filiform wart which is often found on the face there are other types of face warts. Face warts get their name from the fact that quite often this skin wart grows in the facial region. However, many other names are given to this type of wart such as flat wart, plane wart, verruca plana, juvenile wart, and facial wart.
A plane wart is best described as round or oval, with a flat smooth top, slightly raised surface, sharp borders, and usually yellowish or skin colored. The color of the warts may also be pink or light brown. These warts are small, usually the size of a pinhead, but can be slightly larger. As with many other types of warts, younger individuals get them more often than adults. The warts may itch and cause discomfort in some cases.
As indicated previously, these warts appear often on the face and neck regions. However, they can also grow on the hands, knees, and arm skin areas. In particular, for adult men, they are found in the beard region of the face and for adult women on the legs. This indicates a possible link to shaving and the irritation that often occurs with the shaving process as a cause. The warts can appear in large numbers and it is not usual to have clusters of these warts of up to one hundred individual warts.
Treatment of facial warts usually requires peeling methods because of the amount of flat warts present. Mild acids, such as salicylic or glycolic, are used on a daily basis. For resistant flat warts or larger ones, more aggressive wart treatments may be required such as surgery or laser therapy.
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