Wart Removal in Lithia, FL
What is a Wart?
Warts are non-cancerous skin growths that are caused by a virus. Warts are contagious and spread from contact with the wart or something that has touched the wart.
Warts are skin growths that can vary in color and texture being flesh-toned, brown, or gray and either smooth or rough. Children, young adults, and those with weakened immune systems are most likely to be affected by warts. Often times they can appear when the skin is broken or when a person bites their nails.
You should contact your doctor immediately if:
-The growths become painful or change in appearance
-The growths are bothersome and interfere with activities
-Self-treatment options aren’t working
-The growths are spreading
Types of Warts
- Common Warts: These warts often grow on the hands and fingers and are more common in areas where the skin is broken.
- Foot Warts or Plantar Warts: These grow on the soles of the feet, sometimes in clusters. They can grow inward which cause pain that feels as if there’s a pebble in your shoe.
- Flat Warts: These can grow anywhere on the body and tend to grow in large numbers.
- Filiform Warts: These grow quickly and look like long threads. They are often seen on the face near the mouth, nose, and eyes.
Dermatologists can generally recognize warts upon sight. In rare cases a skin biopsy will need to be conducted.
In children, warts often disappear without treatment. In adults, the timing tends to be lengthier and can be treated by a dermatologist.
While there isn’t a cure for warts, they can be treated. Treatment options can include:
- Cantharidin- paint that causes a blister, which kills the wart and allows your doctor to remove it.
- Cyrotherapy- freezing therapy administered in the dermatologist’s office.
- Electrosurgery and curettage (burning and scraping)
- Excision- cutting the wart out.
- Laser Treatment- this is used for warts that haven’t responded to other treatment options.
- Chemical Peels- this is often used on large amounts of warts and includes medication that is stronger than that sold in stores.
- Bleomycin- this involves the injection of anti-cancer medication.
- Immunotherapy- in this form of treatment your doctor will apply a chemical and then allow your body to fight off the warts.
Wart Removal Treatment in Lithia and Valrico, FL
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