What is the best treatment for warts in the Newport Beach area?
Warts have been a common skin condition for centuries. Throughout the ages, scientists have developed several ways to address these growths, a result of the human papillomavirus. HPV can enter the skin through the tiniest opening. Once beneath the top layer of skin, this virus causes an infection that results in the accelerated growth of skin cells. It is this buildup of skin cells that make up a wart. Warts may develop on any part of the body and are most commonly seen in children and teens, though adults are also susceptible to the various types of warts, which include:
- Common warts, which are fleshy, dome-shaped growths. This type of wart, which usually develops on the hand, tends to have a rough texture and a gray or brown color.
- Flat warts may develop on areas such as the arms, legs, feet, or the face, and may be colored pink, yellow, or brown. This type of wart does not have a raised surface.
- Filiform warts are skin colored, and typically appear near the nose or mouth.
- Periungual warts are those that develop underneath fingernails or toenails, potentially altering the shape of the nail itself.
- Plantar warts can be mistaken for a callous due to the similarity in appearance. This type of wart can appear on the bottom of the foot, and may cause discomfort if not treated.
Warts may pose a cosmetic problem, but are not hazardous to health. In many cases, a wart will disappear naturally, though this may take a year or two, which is why many people seek dermatologic care for the removal of potentially symptomatic, contagious warts. At Arta Dermatology, we treat patients of all ages and can quickly identify and treat the various types of warts.
Several treatment options exist for warts. Which treatment is recommended depends on factors such as the size and location of the wart, and the age of the patient. Various removal methods include:
- Application of topical medication
- Injectible medication
- Freezing, or cryotherapy, using liquid nitrogen
- Scraping of a wart using the curette instrument (curettage)
- Excision with a scalpel
Wart removal in the office of your board-certified dermatologist can be completed in just a few minutes. Typically, a wart will not grow back once it has been removed.
We can help you get rid of embarrassing warts. Contact Arta Dermatology for personalized dermatologic care in Orange County.
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