Skin growths, such as warts, can be embarrassing to deal with. At Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater in Norfolk, Virginia, Jonathan Schreiber, MD, PhD offers patients treatment options which are fast and non-invasive when dealing with the removal of warts. If your warts are causing you pain or discomfort, be sure to call the office today to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the underlying cause of the production of warts. HPV stimulates the growth of cells on the skin's outer layer causing warts to appear. In most cases, warts appear on the hands but different types of warts can grow in other areas of the body such as the soles of the feet (plantar warts) or the pubic area/genitals (genital warts).
Warts can be unsightly and if left untreated may spread to other areas of the body. HPV, the virus that causes warts, can also spread to other people through direct contact. There are different types of treatment and your doctor will be able to determine which type of treatment will be the best option for you. Treatments may include:
In this treatment liquid nitrogen is used directly on the wart itself, this is known as cryotherapy. Once frozen, the crusted area will fall off on its own accord. Multiple treatments may be necessary.
After the cantharidin is applied, the wart is covered with a bandage. The treated area must be washed four hours after the medication is applied.
Aldara is mostly used to treat genital warts. It comes in a prescription cream.
When these therapies don’t work surgery may be recommended. Minor surgery can be performed by cutting away the wart or using a laser. Laser surgery uses an intense beam of light to cauterize the affected tissue.
Most over-the-counter products are ineffective when it comes to treating warts, and if you don't receive proper treatment, you can spread warts not only to other people, but to other areas of your own body. Plus, some growths that appear to be warts may actually be cancers. If you have any type of skin growth, you should always see a doctor for an exam and evaluation, and to receive the most appropriate, safest and most effective treatment possible.
There are some preventative measures you can take to keep warts from spreading. Don’t pick at them. Keep the area clean and dry and consider covering them with bandages. Abstaining from sexual contact, using condoms during sexual activity, having sex with only a partner who is not having sex with other people, and avoiding sex with anyone who has visible symptoms of genital warts can decrease your chances at getting genital warts.