Common warts are benign growths that typically take the form of small, grainy, raised areas of skin that tend to occur on the fingers or hands, although they can sometimes occur elsewhere. These warts have a rough feel to them, and may also have a visible pattern of tiny black dots. While most warts are the same color as the surrounding skin, some may have a darker tone.
Warts are caused by a virus and transmitted by coming into contact with someone else who has the virus, or an item that has come in contact with a wart, such as a towel. In some cases, the wart may not develop until two to six months after your skin has been exposed to the virus.
Most Common Types of Warts
There are several types of warts and treating them should be approached differently.
Just as the name suggests, these types of warts are very common and are what most people generally get. These can be found on your fingers, hands, and sometimes your face.
Plantar warts are found on the soles of your feet. Often confused as calluses, these are typically found on the heel and grow into the skin due to pressure from walking and standing. These warts thrive in warm, damp environments.
These warts grow quickly and form in the facial areas, such as the eyes, mouth, and nose. Filiform warts are not painful, but can be very embarrassing for people and can spread easily. It’s important to speak with a dermatologist to get them removed and reduce the risk of spreading.
Ways to Remove Warts
There are several ways to effectively remove warts. Some warts can be successfully eliminated using over the counter creams while others may require the use of laser therapy.
- Salicylic Acid: A medication prescribed by a doctor that removes the wart in layers. Studies have shown that this practice is more effective when paired with freezing.
- Cryotherapy: This is done by freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen in a doctor’s office. By freezing the wart, the frozen skin is able to make a blister under the wart and begin to remove the wart in just a few weeks. This treatment is normally performed multiple times.
- Minor Surgery: A doctor can remove the stubborn area using minor surgery, however, it may lead to scarring.
- Laser Treatment: Warts can also be removed with a laser, but this method can be painful and lead to scarring as well.
Although common warts are often harmless and gradually disappear on their own, many opt to have them removed instead of waiting. By waiting, you can increase the chance of spreading the virus to other places on your body or other people.
Wart Treatments at Image Renu Dermatology
The team at Image Renu Dermatology has helped numerous patients find fast relief for their warts by tailoring treatments to their specific situation and medical needs. If you are currently dealing with warts, don’t spend months hoping for them to go away on their own, let us help instead!