Warts are unwelcome growths that most people would be happy to see disappear. Not only are they unpleasant to look at, they can also cause a lot of discomfort when they affect the cracks and crevasses of the skin.
What is a wart
A wart is a small growth or lump on the skin that looks somewhat like a blister, and at times appears in cluster. Warts come in different shapes and sizes, may be flat or raised, and are usually black in color. They can crop up on any part of the body, but are typically seen on the hands and feet. The warts on the feet are called plantar warts.
What causes warts
Warts occur due to an infection of the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus. The virus usually enters the skin through a cut or scratch. Warts are contagious, so it is important to wash hands carefully when you come in contact with someone that has warts, or touch a wart you already have. This will prevent it from spreading to another part of the body.
How to treat warts
Treatment typically focuses on removing the wart, but if the virus remains dormant under the skin a reoccurrence of the condition is likely. However, there are medications that can kill the virus.
Cyrotherapy, which involves freezing warts with the use of liquid nitrogen is also an effective way to remove warts, so too is burning off the wart, a procedure known as electrosurgery.
Surgical removal via scraping or cutting with a scalpel (curettage), is another alternative. Electrosurgery and curettage are often done together when treating large warts.
Do you have a wart that is painful or unsightly? Give us a call here at Skin Cancer Specialists, P. C. & Aesthetic Center, with 4 offices serving the greater Atlanta metro. We can provide the best treatment for you. Call us today to schedule a consultation.