For many people, warts are a persistent, frustrating issue. These small areas of problematic skin are a common dermatologic problem that affects people of all ages. Alta Vista Dermatology offers wart removal treatments for residents of Denver, Highlands Ranch, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.
How Do Warts Develop?
We are all at risk for warts because they are a mild viral infection. Caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a wart may be one of over 100 different varieties and may develop on any part of the body. Most often, we see them on the hands or feet. However, other common areas afflicted include the knees, elbows, and the face. Warts tend to develop more frequently on children than on adults. These small growths may develop after a part of the body, such as a finger, has been exposed to the HPV virus either on an object or through contact with an infected person. Although HPV is a contagious virus, touching someone who has a wart does not necessarily mean you will get one. We encourage patients to wash their hands frequently, especially if they have a scrape or cut, to minimize the risk of infection. The HPV virus can thrive in moist environments, so it is advisable to wear appropriate footwear when using a public shower.
How Do I Know if I Have a Wart?
Because there are several types of warts, the appearance of one wart may vary widely from another. If you suspect you may have a wart, your dermatologist can perform a thorough examination to confirm your concern as well as appropriate forms of treatment.
How Are Warts Treated?
There are numerous options for the treatment of warts. We base treatment on several factors, including the patient’s age and the location of the wart. Size may also be a factor. Some of the methods used to remedy this dermatologic problem include:
- Cryotherapy, or freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen
- Injectable medication
- Topical medication
- Curettage, or scraping of infected tissue
Professional wart treatment with a board-certified dermatologist takes only a few minutes. Once a wart has been removed, it will not grow back. However, warts may linger for many months if not properly treated. It is important to see a qualified medical professional for the treatment of warts.
At Alta Vista Dermatology, we offer wart removal treatments to the men and women living in Denver and Highlands Ranch, CO. If you have developed warts, you can find the personalized care you need with our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Sarolta Szabo. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a consultation.
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