Warts are benign skin growths, like cauliflower shaped lumps, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) nestling into the skin cells. The virus stimulates infected skin cells to multiply rapidly. Nonetheless, warts are harmless.
The virus enters your skin through small wounds -explaining why you usually find warts on your hands and feet- and are very contagious. To prevent warts from spreading, you should treat them immediately. Another important reason to remove warts as quickly as possible is that the pressure they cause when walking can get pretty painful.
Warts can appear anywhere on the body, though most often grow on hands and feet. They are very common among school-age children and young adults – mainly because their immune system still is underdeveloped.
Freezing warts, also called ‘cryotherapy’, is one of the best ways to get rid of them. Extreme cold kills the infected cells at the base of the wart, and after 10 to 14 days, as the skin sheds naturally, the wart will come off. The temperature has to be sufficiently low to reach the deepest layers of the skin, where the infected cells are located. Today’s cryotherapy and acid-based products only reachs the first and second layer of the skin. Pixie however is more effective and consequently kills infected cells even in these deepest layers of the skin.