Warts, especially when visible, can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Though they typically don’t cause any pain, warts are often rough to the touch and depending on where they’re located, they can get in the way of daily activities (like having one on your thumb or ring finger). Warts can impact people of all ages from the youth to the elderly.
What causes warts?
Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). When the virus infects the top layer of the skin, or epidermis, a wart will appear. Though they are typically rough and skin-colored, they can also be smooth, flat, and darker in color.
Are warts contagious?
Warts are not cancerous but are contagious. They can be spread by contact with the wart or something that came in contact with it.
Are there different types of warts?
Yes, there are a few different types of warts that vary in size, how they look, and how they grow on different parts of the body.
Common warts often grow on the fingers, back of the hands, and around the nails. They often feel like rough bumps and can have little black dots that look like seeds.
Plantar warts can grow in clusters, are often flat or grow inward with black dots, and mostly grow on the soles of the feet. They often hurt when you walk on them.
Flat warts are typically smoother and smaller than other warts and often grow in groups of 20 to 100. They can occur anywhere on the body, though men often get them in the beard area, women on their legs, and children on their face.
Filiform warts stick out like long threads and typically grow quickly around the eyes, mouth, and nose.
How can you prevent warts from spreading?
Warts are contagious and can spread. Per the American Academy of Dermatology, “To prevent warts from spreading, dermatologists recommend the following: Do not pick or scratch at warts. Wear flip-flops or pool shoes in public showers, locker rooms, and pool areas. Do not touch someone’s wart. Keep foot warts dry, as moisture tends to allow warts to spread.”
What are some options for wart removal?
Warts sometimes go away on their own, or if they’re hidden and not bothersome, then one might choose to leave them alone. Many, however, prefer to have them removed. With some treatments, there’s a risk of warts returning after removal.
At DermaTouch RN, however, we first remove the hard overgrowth of epithelial cells with the Sciton Ablative Laser and Contour TRL. Patients then return two weeks later for us to utilize the 532nm Aura Laser to target the vascular system that was hijacked by the virus. With the 532nm Aura Laser, the blood supply is cut off from the wart, and after this occurs, the wart will not grow back.
For detailed information on these treatment options, refer to the following treatment pages:
- Sciton Ablative Laser
- Contour TRL
- Laser Treatment
- 532nm Aura Laser
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