It is not considered normal for a wart to grow; an increase in size might be an indication that it’s getting worse. If such lesions appear, it’s important to monitor their progression and see a doctor if necessary.
Although there are several reasons warts might appear on the skin, the most common one is related to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Often, these lesions have a color similar to the skin and are mostly harmless in many cases.
However, warts caused by this virus typically go away on their own after a few days. If this doesn’t happen, it might be an indication of an immune deficiency, and it’s more concerning if the wart has grown.
How big is a wart typically?
Usually, these skin bumps are small. And when warts are caused by HPV, they don’t tend to appear in large numbers unless there’s a poor immune system response.
Warts commonly measure just a few millimeters, but in some cases, they might reach up to a centimeter. If a bump significantly increases in size, it can be a sign of bigger risks.
For instance, some types of skin cancers might appear as bumps of this nature, and they are particularly risky when they have a pink or pearly hue.
When should you be concerned about a wart?
In many cases, HPV warts are benign, meaning they don’t pose a serious health risk. And with a good immune response, the lesions might progressively disappear.
Yet, it’s not normal for a wart to grow. If it increases in size or feels warm to the touch, it’s a warning sign. In such situations, it’s crucial to have a doctor examine the lesion.
On the other hand, warts that usually cause pain due to their location are plantar warts. Other lesions typically don’t cause much discomfort.
What if the wart doesn’t go away on its own?
If the wart, instead of disappearing, has grown over time, you should see a dermatologist for recommended treatment. Depending on the type of lesion, there are some clinical procedures that allow for the removal of the affected area.
For instance, there are innovative treatments like cryotherapy, where warts are eliminated following an application of liquid nitrogen. There are also methods like electrocautery, where lesion removal is somewhat faster.
It’s likely the doctor will also recommend a treatment to boost the immune system, especially to prevent the possibility of lesions reappearing in the future.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Wilson. Dr. Amy Wilson, born in the United States, obtained her medical degree from Lincoln University School of Medicine. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, she’s dedicated 15 years to women’s health, becoming a distinguished gynecologist and serving in various U.S. medical institutions.