Getting Rid of Warts
No one wants to feel the panic and worry associated with finding fleshy bumps on their skin. Warts are a common skin condition that affects many, especially children, and are caused by the human papilloma virus. Warts are therefore contagious and appear commonly on the face, hands, and feet but can appear anywhere on the body. Common warts typically grow on the hands and have small black “seed” dots, whereas plantar warts appear on the bottoms of the feet and are therefore flatter in shape. Flat warts are small, smooth, and appear in large numbers, typically on the face in children. For the most effective removal and prevention, you should see a dermatologist, who can help provide several options.
Treatment Methods for Warts:
- Cryotherapy – During this common treatment, warts are frozen with liquid nitrogen and removed. Usually repeat treatments are necessary to completely remove them.
- Chemical peels – When there are large numbers of warts, acids may be applied to the warts after soaking and filed down with a rough surface to eventually “peel” the growths away.
- Excision – Warts may be surgically removed.
- Laser or electrosurgery – Warts are removed by burning them with lasers or an electric needle.
- Taping – Sometimes thick tapes are used to cover the warts to gradually remove them.
- Immunotherapy – When other therapies do not work, patients may be given shots to stimulate the immune system to allow the body to fight off the virus causing the warts.
At the first sign of warts, see a dermatologist who can help you with treatment and prevention of spreading to other areas. Board-certified Dr. Juan Vaillant at Old Bridge Dermatology has over 30 years of experience in the field and has helped countless patients with hair, nail, and skin issues. His specialties in anatomic and clinical pathology have also helped with treating other conditions including acne, dandruff, eczema, skin cancer, psoriasis, and hair loss. Come see Dr. Vaillant and his dedicated staff to achieve healthier skin, hair and nails. Please call us at our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 to schedule an appointment today!