Warts are benign, noncancerous growths caused by a viral infection in the topmost layer of the skin. They are often skin-colored and roughly textured, but can also manifest as dark and smooth growths. These growths can spread from person-to-person through skin-to-skin contact. If you have one or more warts, you may be considering getting them removed. While this decision is best made on an individual basis, Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center can offer patients a few guidelines on how to go about it.
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Because warts are always benign, their removal is never medically necessary. Despite this, many patients still choose to have them removed. This decision can be made for a wide variety of reasons. Many patients do not like the look or feel of warts or are self-conscious of the places they develop. This is because warts are likely to develop in places that are extremely visible, like the back of the hands and fingers.
If you do choose to have your wart removed, there are a variety of different treatment methods that you can use. The three most common are as follows:
- Salicylic acid
Depending on the size, thickness, and severity of your wart, Dr. Hudgens will choose which treatment option is best for you.
The frustrating thing about warts is that even if you choose to have them removed, they can come back. This is because they are caused by a virus. Unless the virus that caused your wart in the first place is completely eradicated from the body, there is a chance that your wart will grow back.
Another problem that many doctors run into with wart removal lies in the structure of warts. Warts are often made of several layers of thick, tough skin that can be difficult to penetrate. While some removal methods are particularly well-suited to getting rid of these warts, there is still a chance that they will be unsuccessful.
If you have a wart and are considering getting it removed, contact Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center today. Our trained medical staff can examine your growth and help you decide what treatment option works best for your individual condition. We’re proud to provide these services to patients in Windermere, Bay Hill, Gotha, and Dr. Philips areas.