Contrary to popular belief, warts do not come from frogs or toads and are not unclean or contagious. However, they are a pesky, often stubborn skin condition that often reappears. Luckily, you can work with your dermatologist to overcome your condition once and for all. Find out more about treating warts with Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL.
What causes warts?
Warts are caused by a viral infection of the top layer of skin caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) category. The virus usually enters the body through tiny cuts or scratches on the skin, finding a home in the outermost layer and causing the cells there to rapidly reproduce, forming the wart. HPV is a very common virus often found in the most everyday places like doorknobs, keyboards, or other places with which skin comes into contact. Warts transfer from person to person, meaning that one person touches these areas and another person’s skin comes into contact with the same place.
Can I prevent warts?
Though you are almost sure to come into contact with HPV at some point, you can do your part to decrease your chances of developing a wart. Wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day to keep them clean. When using public places, such as a public computer or machine at the gym, wipe down areas with which your skin comes into contact with a clean cloth. When walking through places like a public pool or locker room, always be sure to wear shower shoes to provide a layer of defense between the floor and your feet.
How does my dermatologist treat warts?
Fast action is important to keeping warts from spreading to other areas of the body. Seeing your dermatologist soon after discovering a wart allows them to treat it quickly, eliminating the chance of spreading. Your doctor may first suggest an over-the-counter medication or at-home method to snuff out the virus before resorting to stronger treatments. If these treatments fail to produce results, in-office procedures are available to remove the wart.
Wart Treatments in West Palm Beach, FL
For more information on warts, please contact Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL. Call (561) 964-6664 to schedule your appointment with your dermatologist today!