Warts

Is a wart causing you discomfort or concern?  We can help!  Warts are easily treatable and can be taken care of during a visit to one of our dermatology clinics. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

 

What Causes Warts?
Warts are caused by viruses called the human papillomavirus (HPV). These can be easier to catch when you have a cut or scrape on your skin, which makes children more susceptible to warts, and explains why men get more warts in the beard area and women on their legs.
 
While anyone can get warts, some people are more likely to get them than others including: children and teens, people who bite their nails, and those with a weakened immune system.
 

Are Warts Contagious?
While warts are harmless, they are contagious and you can get warts by touching an infected area on someone else, as well as by coming in contact with infected items such as towels or bathmats that might have touched someone else’s wart. You can also spread warts from one part of your body to another, so it’s important to avoid picking at warts, and to use proper hand washing precautions after touching an infected area. If you have a wart on an area that you shave regularly, such as your face or legs, the virus can spread to the razor and then infect other areas of your body.

 

 

Will a Wart Go Away? Can I Treat a Wart at Home?
Most warts will go away within months or years on its their and while some self-treatments for warts are available without a prescription, be certain that you do indeed have a wart before starting treatment. Many warts can look similar to skin cancers which require diagnosis and treatment by a skin care professional.
 
Your Radiant Complexions dermatology professional can determine whether you do have a wart and can make recommendations for possible treatments or removals, if needed.
 
When to Call Your Dermatology Expert For Warts
Contact your Radiant Complexions Dermatology staff if a wart hurts, itches, bleeds, or is bothersome or multiplies quickly. You should also schedule a consultation if you have many warts, if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system, or if the wart is on your face or genitals.
 
Ask your Radiant Complexions provider to perform a wart check and be sure to schedule a dermatology appointment as soon as you notice any differences or changes in your skin’s appearance.

Sources:

WebMD

AAD.org