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Warts are skin growths caused by a virus known as the Human papillomavirus (HPV). A wart can appear on the skin in various ways, which can be small, hard and fluffy, or flat, flat and skin-colored. The wart usually goes away on its own, but if left untreated, it can last for months or years.

A skin lesion that occurs on human skin and is usually caused by a virus called HPV (Human Papillomavirus), a wart usually develops on areas of the body that are frequently rubbed or exposed to trauma, such as hands, soles of the feet, fingers, hands and feet. It should be remembered that HPV is an infectious virus and warts can be easily spread through contact.


Warts are contagious and usually spread from one person to another through skin contact. Direct contact is necessary for wart transmission; that is, contact with an infected person’s wart or touching a surface that an infected person has come into contact with can lead to transmission of the virus. Especially areas with open wounds, cracks or skin irritations can create a more favorable environment for the virus to enter.

The wart virus can usually survive on surfaces for a long time, so a surface that an infected person comes into contact with can also be potentially infectious. To prevent the spread of the wart virus, it is important to cover infected areas, clean infected surfaces, and pay attention to personal hygiene measures. In addition, limiting the sharing of items such as shared towels, shoes, or personal items can also reduce the risk of transmission.


Weak immune system: People with a weak immune system have a higher risk of developing warts.

Scratch or wound on the skin: It is easier for the virus to enter the body if there is a scratch or wound on the skin.

Humid environments: Humid environments encourage the proliferation of the virus.

Genetics: Some people have a genetic predisposition to warts.

Symptoms of warts:

Small, fleshy, cauliflower-like growths

A smooth or rough surface

Skin color, pink or brown color

It is usually painless, but sometimes it can be itchy or irritating.


Warts usually go away on their own, but if left untreated, they can last for months or years. There are various methods used to treat warts, these include:

1- Treatment Methods:

Cryotherapy: This is a method in which liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and destroy the wart.

Electrocoterization: This is a method that uses an electric current to burn the wart.

Laser treatment: This is a method that uses a laser beam to remove a wart.

Topical medications: Topical medications such as salicylic acid or imiquimod can be used to treat warts.

2- When Deciding Which Treatment Method to Apply:

The size and number of warts

Where the wart is located

The patient’s age and general health status

factors such as are taken into consideration.

3- Home Treatment:

Some people may prefer to treat warts at home. Methods of home treatment include:

Bands containing salicylic acid: These bands help to destroy the wart.

Cauterization: in this method, the wart is burned with a chemical substance.

Imiquimod cream: This cream stimulates the immune system to fight the wart.

It is important to consult a doctor before using home treatment methods.

4- The risk of recurrence of warts:

Warts may recur after treatment. This is due to the fact that the virus can hide deep in the skin. To reduce the risk of recurrence, you can do the following:

Keep your immune system strong.

Make sure your skin is clean and dry.

Do not share personal items such as towels and soap.

Do not shave or wax an area with warts.

Turkey Medicals Co-ordinator, “It is important to see a doctor in Turkey if you are concerned about your warts or if they are not responding to treatment.”



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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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