Wart Treatment and Wart Removal
What is a Wart?
A wart is a small growth on the skin that is either raised or flat and discolored. They often feel like rough pea-sized patches of skin and have a rounded top. Typically, they appear on the hands, fingers, feet, and toes. However, warts can also appear on more sensitive areas like the face and genitals. There are several types of warts including flat, plantar, genital, subungual, and periungual. Although most warts are usually harmless, if left untreated they can cause pain and be spread to others as they are contagious. If you have one or more warts, it’s important to receive treatment right away. Call Max Adler Dermatology in Dallas and Plano, TX today to schedule an appointment with a physician or one of our physician assistants.
Symptoms of Warts
The main signs and symptoms of warts are bumps that are rough or tender to the touch with grainy, rounded tops. These bumps are often discolored and can have tiny black speckles or centers. Flat warts tend to be smoother and brown or yellow in color. Genital warts are often red and appear on the genitals, anus, and inner thighs in clusters of 3 or 4. Although they are in a sensitive area, genital warts are usually not painful but can itch or bleed. Warts can be easily passed on to another person through direct or indirect contact such as using the same towel or sheets. They can also be spread from one area of the body to another so it’s important to take proper precautions. To help prevent the growth of warts, it’s important to practice good hygiene like regularly washing the hands and keeping cuts clean.
Causes of Warts
Contrary to the popular myth that warts are caused by frogs, warts are not started that way. Warts occur when viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family infect the top layer of the skin. The virus is usually transferred through an open wound or tiny scratch. Once it invades the skin, it causes a rapid growth of cells and results in a wart. There are about 60 different types of HPVs that cause warts. Most people have at least one common wart at some point in their lifetime. Typically, young children are more prone to getting warts because their immune system is still building up its natural defense system.
Treatment for Warts
Some warts may eventually go away on their own, but even these kinds of warts can take months to disappear. The best practice is to visit a skilled physician to receive treatment right away. There are several options available to removing warts. The most common forms of treatment involve freezing the skin with liquid nitrogen or injecting bleomycin directly into the wart to kill the virus. A less invasive alternative is a medicated cream called Aldara, which can be easily applied to the affected area. During your initial consultation, your provider will be able to determine which treatment option is best.
Treat Your Warts Today!
If you have one or more warts on your hands or in a sensitive area, call Max Adler Dermatology to set up an appointment as soon as possible. Prolonging treatment can lead to further infection and spreading. A member of our treatment team can also provide helpful tips on how to best prevent warts from reoccurring.
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