Stem warts: Detect and remove

Stem warts: Detect and remove

Despite their name, stem warts (fibroids) are not real warts at all. Instead, they are small, soft, stalked skin appendages that usually grow to only a few millimetres in size. Why they are created is not known. But they are certainly not caused by viruses (like real warts). That is why they are not contagious. For medical reasons the skin appendages do not have to be removed. Here you can read everything important about the topic of stem warts!

How to recognize peduncular warts

Stemmed, small warts on the neck, in the armpits or other parts of the body are often pedunculated warts. These are wart-like, soft skin appendages. They are stalked, skin-coloured and usually only a few millimetres in size.

Stem nipples form preferentially in the wrinkled regions of the skin, for example on the neck, in the armpits and in the groin region. Occasionally they also appear on the eyelids, buttocks or under the breasts.

Stem warts: Cause

Despite the name, stem warts are not real warts. These are caused by human papilloma viruses (HPV). Stem warts, on the other hand, are so-called soft fibroids. These are benign growths of certain skin cells (fibrocytes). It is not known why they arise. But they occur at some point in time in almost every person – in varying numbers and sizes. Particularly many peduncular warts (over 100) often form in very overweight people. In addition, stalked fibroids are more common in some families. This suggests a family predisposition.

How to remove stem warts

Stem warts are harmless and not contagious. So there is no medical reason why it should be removed. Depending on their position, they may also be exposed to mechanical irritation – for example, if the necklace is always stuck to pedunculated skin appendages in the neck area.

In such cases the stem nipples can be removed: The dermatologist has a choice of different procedures. He can remove the skin appendages with a laser, “burn” them with electric current (electrocoagulation) or cut them off with surgical scissors (possibly under local anaesthetic).

Remove stem warts yourself? Better not!

Some people want to remove the stem warts themselves, for example by taking a thread and tying off the stem warts. But this should definitely be avoided! The skin appendage can become very inflamed, swell massively and hurt. Even the attempt to cut stalked fibroids with non-sterile (household) scissors can have bad consequences – the wound can become infected. Always have the doctor remove pedicle warts!

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This text complies with the requirements of medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been reviewed by medical experts.

ICD codes are internationally valid codes for medical diagnoses. They can be found, for example, in doctor’s letters or on certificates of incapacity to work.

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