A filiform wart appears different than most warts.
They have narrow projections which extend about 1-2 millimetres in the epidermis.
They do form in clusters and may be pink, brown, yellow, or skin-toned. Since they tend to form around your lips and eyelids, they’re also known as warts.
It is possible to spread warts especially if the skin is broken. They can lead to discomfort while they are not cancerous.
Filiform warts are caused by the transmission of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Over 100 strains of HPV exist but just a couple of cause filiform warts. Forms of HPV transmission include:
- Touch — HPV (and warts) can spread between people when one person touches a wart or an HPV infected place on someone else. Also, it can spread to another when a person touches an area which was infected by HPV. HPV can spread especially through areas of skin.
- Shared garments — HPV can spread thru clothes like, towels and other fabrics which have come into contact with a wart or another region.
- Contact through items — HPV can live in environments like shower floors pools that are surrounding and shoes. Contact with HPV may cause transmission of the virus.
Not everyone who comes into contact will develop warts. Some individuals are more likely than others to produce warts with HPV after contact.
Abrasions and cuts that permit the protective barrier of the skin to be got beneath by HPV may raise the possibility of wart growth.
Anyone who has weak immune systems are more vulnerable to developing warts compared to those who undergo prolonged exposure to HPV.
There is also someone who comes into contact with HPV virus and spread it to another person but never contract warts himself.
Filiform warts are usually painless and do not have any symptoms.
This extraordinary wart is often diagnosed by appearance alone. Symptoms may appear if the wart develops in sensitive regions like skin folds.
If that’s the situation, filiform warts can cause: itching, bleeding, soreness, irritation.
Most treatments work to eliminate the wart, but they don’t remove the virus. There is no cure for HPV right now, just vaccines that target specific HPV strains. None of the vaccines target the strains which cause filiform warts.
For many people, filiform warts will go away to the immune system of the body. See your doctor to get rid of a filiform wart. Filiform warts on palms and the fingers are easier to treat than those on the face.
Read more about the types of warts.