Warts

A wart is always an unwelcomed visitor on your skin. Luckily, most warts are harmless and not painful. However, without treatment, a wart can seem like a permanent resident on your skin as well as an embarrassing nuisance. It can take months, even years, for a wart to disappear on its own.

Causes: Warts are skin infections caused by a virus. While this may sound scary at first, the virus, human papilloma virus (HPV), is quite common. There are more than 130 different types of HPV, and there are approximately 10 different kinds of warts that are caused by this virus.

Symptoms: Warts can appear on your skin in many different shapes, sizes and colors. The surface of a wart can appear round, flat, rough, or smooth. Some warts are the same color as your skin, while others may have black specks. They can grow anywhere on your body, though they are most commonly found on feet, hands, face, legs, and genitalia. Unfortunately, warts can spread to other areas of your body and also be passed from person to person. Occasionally, warts can cause discomfort, especially those located on the bottom of your foot.

Treatment: At this time, there is no known cure or medication that kills the HPV virus directly. Therefore, wart treatments work to treat the infected skin tissue as well as encourage the body’s immune system to fight off the virus naturally. Due to the wide variety of warts and strands of HPV, treatments can vary.

 

*Results may vary per patient.