Warts are small, rough growths caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Any area of the skin can be affected, but warts are most commonly found on the hands, feet and face and sometimes in the genitals.
How aggressive your doctor will be in treating your warts depends on the type of wart, its location, whether or not it is painful, your level of cooperation, and the strength of your immune system.
Wart removal may involve surgery in certain circumstances, especially if your wart is stopping you from doing your daily activities.
How Emla can help during wart removal surgery
Emla is a topical anaesthetic cream that numbs the skin, and is used to reduce pain before a variety of procedures. Situations might include use before an injection, drawing blood or minor skin surgeries such as wart removal. You can apply Emla cream to the area one hour prior to the surgery to help numb the pain. This time may need to be adjusted depending on age, body area or procedure.
Use on the skin
Genital warts (adult men only)
Use on genital skin before injections of local anaesthetics.
The usual dose is 1 g of Emla cream for each area of skin that is 10 cm² (10 square centimetres) in size, applied for 15 minutes under a dressing.
Genital warts (adults only)
Use on genital skin before minor skin surgery.
The usual dose is 5 g to 10 g of Emla cream applied for 5-10 minutes with no dressing. The medical procedure should then start immediately.
* We recommend you speak to the practitioner who will be carrying the wart removal procedure before using Emla.
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Essential Information: Emla is a topical anaesthetic cream containing a tried and trusted formula of lidocaine and prilocaine that can help numb needle pain.1 Apply 60 minutes* before the procedure. *This time may need to be adjusted depending on age, body area and procedure. Available from your local pharmacist without prescription, Emla costs £5.10 (RRP) for a two-dose pack and includes two occlusive dressings. Always read the leaflet.
Emla is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies
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