NON-CANCEROUS SKIN GROWTHS
Warts are benign (non-cancerous) growths in the top layer of the skin. They are caused by a viral infection of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Warts are usually rough and skin-colored, but may be red or brown or even flat. They may look different depending on the type and where they are located. Multiple warts can be common in people with compromised immune systems, but most people with warts are generally in good health.
TYPES OF WARTS
Common warts are most often found on the hands, but can be found almost anywhere on the body. Knees and elbows are other common sites for these warts. They can spread more easily if skin is damaged. This is common around the fingernails in people who bite their nails or pick at their hangnails.
Plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet and can be alone or in large clusters. Because of pressure, they flatten and press into the feet where they can be very painful.
Flat warts tend to be smaller and smoother than other types of warts and tend to be present in large numbers. These are commonly seen on the face, arms and legs and can be spread by irritation such as shaving.
Because warts are caused by a virus, they can be very difficult to treat. Some warts will disappear with one treatment, while others may be treated for months without clearing. Warts may also clear on their own with no treatment (this is more common in children than adults).
We have several different treatment options for warts, including:
- Aldara (imiquimod)
- Tagamet (cimetidine)
- Laser Treatment
- Other (injections, burning, immunotherapy)
There is no guaranteed cure for a wart. Dermatologists might even try a combination of treatments in order to remove a wart.
CONTACT NORTHEST FACE & BODY TO GET STARTED
If you are suffering from the appearance of warts, contact us today to schedule an appointment with our dermatologist to determine your options. She will carefully exam the affected area and provide the safest and most effective solution.
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