Wart on Eyelid, Appearance, and Occurrence

A wart on eyelid or filiform wart can grow as a result of infection with the human papillomavirus. It may be flat or threadlike, brown, yellow, or skin-colored. Warts of this type may itch in some cases, but they do not cause serious problems. Persons who find them disturbing may seek medical help.

Of the different types of warts that develop on the eyelids, filform warts are one such variety. They also grow on the face, lips, nose, chin, and neck and are narrow, long, rapid growing warts on the outer layer of the skin.  They project themselves from the skin’s surface and are typically finger-like shaped. While filiform warts are classified as tumors, they are not dangerous, regardless of whether they develop on the eyelids or the lips. This means that a wart on eyelid is not cancerous.

How are these warts transmitted? This can happen is three ways – touch, contact through objects, and sharing items. First, the human papillomavirus spreads from one person to another by touching an area infected with HPV or a wart. It may also spread to other body parts of an infected person by touching a wart or an infected area and then touching another body part. Contact through objects is another way to get infected. Note that the virus lives in moist environments such as concrete surrounding pools and shower floors. It can be passed through shoes as well, with HPV left behind resulting in the transmission of the virus. A third way to get infected is by sharing personal items such as towels, clothing, and other fabrics, which were in contact with an infected area or body wart.

It is important to note that not every person who comes into contact with the virus will be infected. If you have abrasions or cuts, these allow the virus to pass through the protective barrier of the skin, thus increasing the risk of HPV transmission. If your immune system is weak, you are also more susceptible to developing body warts. Repeated and prolonged exposure to the virus increases the chances of infection.

In general, a wart on lid can grow rapidly. Warts are easy to recognize, being flesh-colored growths, which develop as clusters or on their own. Fortunately, fimiform warts are easy to treat in that they are benign. It is important to consult your doctor and avoid using over the counter products for warts on your eyelids.

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