A 78-year-old female patient presented to our office for evaluation of a non-healing lesion located on the left side of her nose
Here we will discuss warts, the different types, and how me and my colleagues treat them! Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is contagious, so it is easy to get this virus. It is for this reason that warts are so common! Many people get a wart when they have skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a wart. You can also get a wart by touching something that touched another person’s wart, such as a gym towel or the floor of a locker room. The type of wart that a person gets depends on the type of HPV that infects you and where it is located. Have you ever heard that you get a wart from touching a toad or a frog? Well, that is actually a myth. You cannot get warts from touching frogs or toads.
Types of Warts:
Many types of warts are usually harmless and tend to disappear with time. Since it can take a few months to a year for warts to disappear, treatment may be recommended. Treating warts does reduce the risk of the warts spreading to other areas of the body or even to other people. There are some wart treatments that are available without a doctor’s visit or prescription. However, it is very important that you see a dermatologist about your warts if any of the following occurs:
We offer many wart treatments at Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center. Treatments prescribed vary with age, type of wart, lifestyles, and many other considerations. There is not a cookie-cutter treatment for these nasty little bumps, and that is what can make them so frustrating with over-the-counter therapies. Some warts are extremely stubborn and require the providers here to use more than one type of treatment to clear the warts.
Most of the treatments you can use outside of the office contain salicylic acid. When that doesn’t work and you come to see us, we can prescribe medicine that contains a stronger dose. These medications are usually applied every day after bathing/showering or soaking the wart. These medications can take many weeks before the wart is gone. Medicine with salicylic acid should be stopped, at least for a short time, if the wart or the skin around it becomes sore. Additionally, there are a number of in-office treatments for warts that can be very effective. The reason these are done in the office is because the warts can grow deep into the skin, so some patients end up needing a few, or even several treatments to get rid of the warts. The following treatments can be done in the office here at Pine Belt Dermatology:
There are some warts that are harder to treat than others. Plantar warts, for instance, are hard to treat because the bulk of the wart lies below the surface of the skin. There are some additional therapies done in the office that we reserve for the warts that are very hard to treat:
So how do you prevent new warts from appearing? One wart is bad enough, and even if you treat it, there is always a chance you have another one appear later on. To wrap up this blog post, I’ve listed some prevention tips below:
Warts are benign (not cancer). Warts are extremely common and should not cause you to worry. If you would like help treating your wart, one of the dermatology experts at our facilities can help make sure that warts are properly treated, giving you the best chance at a positive result.
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