Frequently asked questions
What is a Medical Device? What’s the difference vs. a medicine?
A medical device is typically a product that works on or inside the human body, either temporary or permanent, and is aiming at prevention, diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of diseases. The key difference versus traditional medicines is that a medical device primarily works mechanically as opposed to pharmacologically, i.e. it works alongside or with your body versus affecting the chemistry of the human cells. Nowadays medical devices are used for alleviating and treating many severe and chronic diseases of heart, brain, bladder, digestive tract etc. with a superior efficacy to traditional therapy with chemical molecules. This because they typically work directly where your body needs help.
Is a Medical Device less efficient than a Medicine?
Medical devices for prevention and treatment of diseases are typically as or more effective than traditional medicines, because they work directly on the root cause and/or location of the problem – for example medical devices are nowadays used to provide superior relief to patient suffering from chronicle pain due to cancer.
What do common warts and verrucas look like?
Common warts are recognizable by the rough, “cauliflower-like” appearance of their surface. They are most commonly found on the hands, knees and elbows. Verrucas are the same as common warts but only appear on the sole of the foot, or the bottom of toes. Verrucas tend to be flatter and are often painful due to the pressure caused by walking.
Are there other types of warts?
Yes, apart from the common wart, a range of types of wart have been identified, varying in shape and site affected, as well as the type of human papillomavirus involved. These include: Common warts (Verruca vulgaris): These are discrete, flesh-coloured papule, with a rough surface. They may be single or multiple and occasionally can be quite large. They are most common on the hands, but may occur anywhere. They are usually relatively easy to treat. Plantar wart (Verruca, Verruca pedis): These are discrete and only just raised, having a roughened surface. They can occur on the palm but usually found on the sole, where they penetrate deeply because of the pressure of the body weight and are most difficult to treat. They may be quite painful and can interfere with walling. As they in volute, minute haemorrhages occur with them due to trombosed capillaries, which is visible by multiple black specks in the centre. They are usually found on pressure points on the soles of the feet. Plane warts (Verruca plana): These are small, smooth flattened warts, flesh-coloured, which can occur in large numbers. They can occur everywhere, bust most particularly on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees. They are quite frequently misdiagnosed, particularly on the face. They often occur in lines corresponding to a scratch or other such trauma. Filiform or digitate wart, a thread- or finger-like wart, most common on the face, especially near the eyelids and lips. Genital wart (venereal wart, Condyloma acuminatum, Verruca acuminata): they occur on the genital area. Mosaic wart, a group of tightly clustered plantar-type warts, commonly on the hands or soles of the feet. Periungual wart, a cauliflower-like cluster of warts that occurs around the nails. NB. WARTNER 2ND GENERATION 2ND GENERATION/WART PEN ARE NOT TO BE USED TO TREAT other type of warts than common warts and verrucas.
What should I do if I’m not sure whether a lump is a wart or not?
Always consult your doctor if you’re not sure whether the condition is a wart or a verruca.