Most warts are unattractive to those who have them, but for the most part they are not harmful to your health.
If you would like your warts examined, treated or removed, Florida’s Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center in Windermere offers safe and effective methods to do so. To learn more or to make an appointment, contact Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center today.
What Are Warts?
The vast majority are small and harmless skin growths that emerge most often on your hands or feet. They can appear smooth or flat. They also can appear elevated and have a rougher-looking feel and appearance.
Warts are caused by various forms of the Human Papilloma Virus. They can appear at any age and spread from one person to another, and from one part of your body to another.
Unlike some moles, warts are non-cancerous, and for the most part, are not painful. They often can disappear without medical treatment. But if you want them removed, Dr. Jeannette Hudgens and our team at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center can offer various treatments to help clear your skin.
Where they appear on your body often can tell us what type it is. For example, common warts can pop up anywhere your body. But they are most likely to appear on the back of your fingers or toes, and sometimes your knees.
Some warts can be cause for concern. Genital warts can be a sign of a more serious medical problem. They can appear in and around the genital areas, in the mouth and anal canal. Women can have them inside the vagina. Genital warts can be transmitted via sexual contact and are highly contagious. Doctor Hudgens will speak with you privately and honestly about them and offer steps you need to take to regain health.
At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, we can remove common and other types of unwanted warts with:
- Cryotherapy: This technique freezes and removes warts by employing liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide.
- Electrosurgery: This method uses an electric current to kill warts and tissue.
- Salicylic acid: This technique dissolves protein that constitutes the wart, along with the thick layer of skin that covers it. These treatments employ pads, drops, gels and plasters. We find most patients will see their warts disappear between four and six weeks after treatment.
Other types of warts can include:
- Filiform warts: These are long and narrow. They are typically flesh-colored and can appear around the face, eyelids, neck and lips. They are often called facial warts. Some may come with itching or bleeding, but they can be easily treated with proper medication.
- Flat, or plane warts: These can appear on your face, often on the forehead. These warts can appear white or flesh-colored. They can be raised or flat-surfaced. Flat warts typically appear more in children, rather than teenagers or adults.
Warts are usually harmless, but many people would prefer to have clear skin and live without them and the worry and self-conscious feelings warts can cause.
At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, we offer safe and effective techniques to remove warts. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.