Professional Medical Treatment of Warts

Warts are benign tumors that tend to have a rough, bumpy surface and black pinpoint spots. They are caused by one of the many dozens of types of the human papillomaviruses (HPV). Although most warts tend to be small, self-limiting in nature, and disappear on their own after several years, their presence is troublesome for most individuals. Some types of HPV that affect mucous membranes and genital regions may produce large masses of abnormal cells and can become cancerous.

Dome-shaped “Seed Warts”: Common warts typically located on the fingers, toes, and knees; Often present with a visible black dot at the surface (a series of clotted blood capillaries)

Plantar Warts: Located on the sole of the foot

Flat/Plane Warts: Typically found on the face and legs; May occur in large quantities

Periungal Warts: Grow under or around the nails

Filiform Warts: Consist of a single, long stalk; Often found on facial areas

Are Warts Contagious?
Yes –but not from holding toads and frogs!

Warts are contagious; however, in most cases they are limited to one body area. Other household members may remain uninfected by the virus. The virus that causes warts is hardy and passes readily from person-to-person. It survives on inanimate objects such as hard surfaces and towels for long periods of time. The hands and feet are amongst the most commonly affected areas for common and plantar wart development. Warts should not be picked at or left exposed. In addition, any open sores or cuts on the body should be covered to help protect the virus from gaining entry. Do not chew or pick at hands or fingernails and wash the hands frequently to help protect against contracting warts and other pathogens. Waterproof flip-flops should always be worn in and around common public bathing/swimming areas.

Fast, Effective Wart Removal

Warts are annoying and affected individuals, understandably, tend to want to eliminate them as soon as possible. Unfortunately, over-the-counter “remedies” are typically ineffective and may cause unintended side effects, including the possible accidental destruction of large amounts of living tissue. If you are dealing with a wart, contact Allegheny Advanced Dermatology Center for professional medical treatment and removal. We provide fast, effective wart removal via several methods. The optimal treatment for your wart will be determined following your examination. Laser, electric current, and cryosurgery are some of the options that may be considered. In some cases, several treatments may be required to eliminate the wart completely.

Contact Allegheny Advanced Dermatology Center to schedule an appointment. Call: (814) 944-7109.