Warts are caused by the virus HPV. They can appear anywhere but usually develop on your hands and feet, areas that come into contact with surfaces that may carry the virus.
You can develop a wart when you touch a surface infected with the HPV virus or walk barefoot in an environment that harbors the virus, such as a pool deck or locker room shower.
Warts are contagious, which is why having them removed is important. They can spread on your own body or to others through shared surfaces.
What are the types of warts?
Warts are classified according to where they appear and their characteristics. Types of warts include:
These warts look gray and show up as raised bumps that feel rough.
Warts that develop on the bottom of your feet are plantar warts. Plantar warts can form in clusters.
Filiform warts are the color of your skin and grow on the nose, mouth, or around the eyes. They look narrow and long.
These warts are usually skin-colored, and relatively small and flat.
These warts look like thickened skin and develop around or under your fingernails or toenails.
Any form of wart may have one or more black dots inside of it. These are not something additional to worry about but are simply capillaries that provide the wart with blood.
How does a dermatologist treat warts?
Although warts can go away on their own, you may not want to wait the months or years this takes. Plus, they can spread in the meantime.
You may first try over-the-counter wart treatments, but if they prove ineffective after a few weeks, seek the expertise of the team at Associated Dermatologists.
Because warts are caused by a virus, your body often needs help fighting them off. Multiple treatments are sometimes necessary to clear them.
Options for treatment include cryotherapy (in which your provider freezes off the wart using liquid nitrogen), topical medications, immunotherapy, and injections. Laser or excisional surgery may be used depending on the nature and location of your wart.
To have your warts examined and removed, make an appointment at Associated Dermatologists. Call the nearest location or book online today.