A wart starts as a tiny nuisance, but it can grow into a big problem. Warts can multiply on your own body and spread by contact to those around you. We have many ways to get rid of warts, but the best time to treat one is before it starts to spread.
NON-CANCEROUS SKIN GROWTH CAUSED BY A VIRUS
Warts are your body's reaction to the human papillomavirus (HPV), which typically enters your skin through a cut or scrape. The virus is contagious, spread by direct contact with a wart or something that has touched the wart. Gyms, pools, bowling alleys, and other places where you come into close contact with other people are ideal locations for the spread of the wart virus. After you contract the virus it may take a few months for the wart to grow large enough to be visible.
Anyone can get warts, but those most likely to get them are children and teens, people who bite their fingernails or pick at hangnails, and those with a weakened immune system.
We will choose from among the variety of treatment options based on the type of wart you have, your age, and the condition of your health.
Topical medication: We apply a medication to your wart that causes a blister to form underneath it. The blister isolates the wart and lifts it off your skin, which ultimately kills the wart. In approximately one week the dead tissue can be removed.
Freezing: Freezing a wart with liquid nitrogen is the most common treatment. A blister forms around the frozen wart, and the resulting dead tissue sloughs off after a week or so. It may take more than one session to completely eradicate a wart.
Electrosurgery and Curettage: Often performed together, electrosurgery involves killing a wart by burning. Curettage is the process of scraping the wart tissue away with a knife or spoon-shaped tool.
Excision: Excision is the process of cutting a wart out of the body using a traditional scalpel.
Chemical peels: When you have a large cluster of warts, a chemical peel is an efficient treatment. The doctor will prescribe a peeling medicine for you to apply at home every day until the warts are gone.
Bleomycin: This powerful drug is injected directly into the wart to kill the virus. Its effectiveness must be considered along with potential risks: nail loss and damage to the skin and nerves.
Immunotherapy: When warts are particularly stubborn, we may use the body's own immune system to fight them. One method is to apply a chemical to the warts that causes your body to have an allergic reaction. If strong enough, this reaction will eliminate the wart. Another method is to boost your immune system with an injection. This gives your system extra strength to fight the wart naturally.
There is no cure for the wart virus. Warts may reappear at any time, on the same spot or at a new site. The best way to control warts is to have us treat them as soon as they appear.