Blog Talk: Integrated Dermatology
Posts for: February, 2016
While not harmful, common warts, clinically known as "verruca vulgaris," can be unsightly. They are areas of skin that experience faster growth because of a virus. Since they are most often found on the hands, they are often highly visible and patients at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach understandably want to be rid of them. The dermatology professionals at our West Palm Beach, Florida practice are here with information about how warts are treated and eradicated.
At Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach, two types of medication can be used to treat common warts: salicylic acid and cantharidin. Salicylic acid involves applying a liquid or patch to the wart. This treatment can be started in our West Palm Beach dermatology office and continued at home. Although this option offers the least amount of discomfort, it can be up to 12 weeks before the wart disappears completely. Cantharidin is another medicine-based wart treatment that causes a blister to form under the wart, pushing it off the skin and causing it to deteriorate over a week or so.
Also known as "freezing," your West Palm Beach dermatologist recommends this treatment for adults and older children, as the application of the freezing chemical - liquid nitrogen - can be slightly uncomfortable. This method also causes blisters to form under the treated wart to destroy it. However, one or two follow-up treatments may be needed.
Excessively large warts or those that have formed into a cluster may respond better to surgical excision, or removal, from your West Palm Beach dermatologist. Laser treatments may also be effective for recurrent or large warts.
If you have a wart - or several - that need to be removed, contact Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach to make an appointment with one of our skilled practitioners today!