Facial Warts or Filiform Warts

You are looking forward to get together in a few days but suddenly developed red fleshy bumps on your face, yes it can be irritating. You need to take them seriously for they could be facial warts. These are ugly outgrowths that can occur around the eyelids, face, neck or lips. They can grow rapidly that occur as fleshy-like nature with dead skin around.


Filiform warts are altered form of common warts that are caused by various strains of the Human papillomavirus. HPV 1, 2, 4, 27 and 29 are the strains responsible for facial warts. HPV grows quickly while affecting the nearby healthy cells. It survives in moist areas and remains for long duration without a host. Once it enters into the skin it can start to grow in the skin cells thus, leading to the formation of an outgrowth. Viral infections spread by direct and indirect contacts, if you share towel of the affected person you are likely to fall a prey to HPV. A facial wart spreads to the other body parts as well.

Symptoms of Filiform Warts

Filiform warts are another name for facial warts that develop around lips, eyelids etc. Here are a few symptoms of infection:

  • Itching at the affected area
  • Bleeding warts if scratched
  • They can be sore and irritating

Home Treatment for Facial Warts

There is no justified treatment to fully remove the infection though you can take a few home remedies that can be effective in controlling the spread of the filiform:

  • Wash the affected area with a disinfectant and soak it for some time. Then apply some petroleum jelly on the surrounding skin to prevent it from irritation. Gently rub the wart area to remove dead skin. Place a fresh sliced potato on the wart and apply an adhesive bandage overnight. Repeat the process for a week or till the wart falls off.
  • Apply a paste of baking soda and water on the face wart three times a day. Within a few days it will dry up.
  • Aloe gel that is soaked in cotton ball is applied on the affected area. The face wart will show sign of drying up.
  • A quick home treatment is to rub wood ash on the filiform wart but it will make an unattractive mark on the skin.
  • Milk saps from the stem of a dandelion can be rubbed on the affected area. It is also a very effective method.

Medical Treatment

In order to completely remove the wart you need to consult a doctor. Generally the following medications are suggested to treat the filiform warts:

  • Immunotherapy is one of the common methods. The immune response is provoked to kill the infection. The antigens are injected into the body so that the immune system responds to it and generates an attack against the guiding virus.
  • Salicylic acid topical application is applied on the warts after washing the area thoroughly with a disinfectant.
  • Laser treatment is also effective, and doesn’t leave any scar but can be expensive for your pocket.

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