Warts and Common Treatments For Wart Removal

Warts

What are Warts?

 

Warts are benign growths on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common viral infection. There are hundreds of strains of HPV, some causing benign warts, other strains causing more high risk infections which can lead to cancer. Warts are contagious and can spread through direct skin-to-skin contact or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus. The virus enters the body through small cuts, breaks, or weakened areas of the skin, which is why they commonly affect children with eczema, or those who have a weakened immune system. Any type of immunocompromise or weakened skin barrier allows for the HPV virus to invade and replicate, causing a wart to grow on the skin.

Are Warts Infectious?

 

Yes. Warts can spread to other areas of the body as well as to other people. Transmission is caused by touching a wart or something that is contaminated by the wart virus (shower floor, bath towel).  Warts can be spread to areas of minor trauma on the skin such as picking or shaving. Certain people are more susceptible to getting the infection such as children, patients with eczema and those with weaken immune systems such as organ transplant patients.

 

How Long Does Wart Treatment Take?

 

If left untreated, warts can last from months to several years. If numerous warts are present, it’s often better to receive treatment to expedite this process. Still, it can take multiple weeks for common treatments to work effectively.

 

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What Are Some Common Wart Treatments?

 

Wart Removal


Warts tend to be stubborn, and there are several treatment options to remove and treat warts. Schedule an appointment with one of our dermatology providers for expert advice on how to treat and remove warts effectively and for good! Our providers will recommend various
treatment options, including over-the-counter remedies, prescription medications, and procedures. Warts often require physical destructive procedures and immunotherapeutic medications to remove them, while there are natural remedies which can be used adjunct to treat the warts.

 

Just like every patient, every wart is different. Some treatments destroy the wart, others stimulate the immune system to fight the virus, and there are treatments that use a combination of both. Our dermatology providers will develop at treatment plan that may include one or more of the following treatments:

 

  • Cryotherapy (freezing the wart)

 

  • Curettage (paring down a wart)

 

  • Immunotherapy to stimulate the body immune system (imiquimod, vaccines or injections to stimulate the body’s immune system)

 

  • Topical Medications (salicylic acid, cantherone, 5-fluorouracil)

 

  • Nutritional supplements

 

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