Warts are unsightly lesions that can be a source of embarrassment and discomfort. At SmarterSkin Dermatology, Dr. Sejal Shah provides care to help get rid of warts and restore the health of your skin.
According to an old wives tale one gets a wart from touching a toad. Although toads are bumpy creatures, they are not in any way responsible for this skin problem. In reality a wart is a benign and generally harmless skin cell growth caused by a common virus. Warts can grow anywhere on the skin and emerge as result of an infection of the top layer of the skin that is caused by various types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are highly contagious and can spread. Any cut or damaged skin that comes into direct contact with the virus is vulnerable to the infection.
In an otherwise healthy individual warts are unsightly and annoying but not life threatening. However, since they have the ability to grow quite large, can easily spread, and in certain locations feel painful, treatment is recommended.
Although there are many over the counter and home remedies for warts available, the best approach is to have treatment done by a board-certified dermatologist. When treating a wart, the ultimate goal is to completely eradicate the lesion so that it will not recur. While topical medications are sometimes employed, cryotherapy to quickly and painlessly freeze the wart with liquid nitrogen offers an effective option in care.