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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!
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!