What are papillomas?
Papillomas are benign, pediculate skin formations with a narrow implant base, the color of the surrounding skin or hyperpigmented and have dimensions of about 1-5 mm. If they are present in a very large number then we are talking about a condition called papillomatosis.
Papillomas occur more often in adulthood and in the elderly, but may also be present in young people.
The areas most prone to papillomas are:
-the submammary ditch
Papillomas are generally asymptomatic, but in some cases they may increase in size, become inflamed, become painful, or bleed from local trauma.
Causes of occurrence
Most papillomas are caused by certain strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is present in about 20-30% of the population. This virus can also cause other lesions such as warts.
What is the mode of transmission?
Papillomas are transmitted through direct human contact with people who have papillomas or through contact with contaminated objects. Pools, swimming pools or gyms can increase the risk of developing papillomas.
Treatment of papillomas
The treatment of papillomas can be done in two ways:
non-surgical: consists in the application of solutions recommended by the doctor, electrocautery or cryotherapy and is preferred in the case of small skin papillomas.
surgical: consists of the surgical excision of the papillomas (larger ones) under local anesthesia and the closure of the defect resulting from direct suturing or local flap if necessary.
Surgical or non-surgical removal of papillomas does not cause more lesions!
Before treating papillomas, a specialist consultation is always recommended in order to have the correct diagnosis, as papillomas may resemble formations of another cause.
Untreated papillomas increase the number of papillomas that are very unsightly.