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Warts Removal
 
Warts Removal

What are the causes of Warts?
Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Certain types of HPV have been associated with cancer, but the majority are harmless. This virus is spread by direct or indirect contact with affected persons. It can also spread from one part of the body to another on the same person. HPV infection is more likely to occur where there is broken skin such as a hangnail, cut, scrape, or peeling. There are certain types that are transmitted sexually. Whether one is infected with HPV depends on the degree of contact, location of warts, the amount of virus present, and the person’s immunity.

What are the different types of Warts?
Several kinds of warts exist such as:

Common Warts (verrucae vulgaris)
Common warts usually appear on the fingers, around the nails, and on the backs of the hands. They are more likely to occur in skin that has been broken such as where fingernails have been bitten or hangnails have been picked.

Wart on Hand

Plantar Warts (verrucae plantaris)
Plantar warts are warts that occur on the soles of the feet. Unlike common warts, plantar warts are not raised above the surface of the skin because pressure from walking and standing pushes them back into the skin. Sometimes a thick callus can form over these warts. They can be painful, and when walking it may feel like there is always a pebble in the shoe.

Plantar Wart

Flat Warts (verrucae-plana)
Flat warts occur most commonly on the face (in the beard area for men) and on the legs for women. The irritation and microscopic cuts in the skin from shaving likely contribute to their presence. Flat warts will often grow in large numbers (20-100) and are smaller and smoother than other warts.

Flat Wart

Genital Warts (condylomata acuminata)
Genital warts occur on the external genitalia, inside the vagina, on the cervix, or around the anus. In men they are most common on the penis. Genital warts are a sexually transmitted disease, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), spread from close physical contact and repeated exposures. During treatment, acetic acid soaks are generally performed first in order to reveal any subclinical (small and hidden) lesions that might be missed by relying only on visual inspection. Dr. Davis can treat external genital warts in women; internal lesions will require visualization by a speculum exam so they need to be treated by a gynecologist. HPV infection is associated with cervical cancer in women so it is important to see a doctor immediately.

How will Dr. Davis treat your Warts?
Dr. Davis will determine a treatment course for warts depending on the age of the patient, location of the warts, type of warts, and number of warts present. There are several possible in-office treatments of warts available:

Dr. Davis can treat your warts by:

  • Prescribing topical medication.
  • Performing cryotherapy, or freezing the wart(s) with liquid nitrogen. This treatment will cause a blister to form, which will subside or can be removed in about a week. Repeated treatment may be required at 1-3 week intervals.
  • Performing electrocautery, or burning of the warts.
  • Applying acids to the wart(s).
  • Performing surgery (or cutting) to remove the wart(s). This would be done with a local anesthetic.
 
 
 

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