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Warts

shutterstock_126828224_webWarts are a type of skin growth issue that is caused by human papillomavirus, otherwise known as HPV. Common types of this skin issue that are caused by HPV but are not the same thing as sexually transmitted genital warts. Genital warts are caused by other strands of HPV. Warts are no fun and can be embarrassing at any age, if this type of skin growth issue is a problem for you, give Johns Creek Dermatology a call.

This type of skin growth happens in different forms. The forms include common wart, flat wart, plantar wart, periungual wart, and filiform wart. Any of these forms of the skin growth typically will go away on their own without treatment, however, it can take many years to do so. Depending on the type of skin growth and each individual person, treatment times and types may vary.

Depending on the type of wart that is occurring will determine what area of the body it is located. A common wart most often occurs on the backs of toes, fingers or knees. A plantar wart is found to occur on the sole of the foot. A flat wart can occur on the face or legs and is often found in large numbers. A periungual wart is found under the base of the nail. A filiform wart will occur in a long shape on the face.

Common dermatologist wart treatments include cantharidin, cryotherapy, electrosurgery and curettage, excision, laser treatments and chemical peels. Cantharidin is used to apply a layer over the wart that will cause a blister to form underneath it. After approximately a week, the patient returns to the doctor’s office and the dead wart is clipped away. Cryotherapy is a form of freezing away the wart. The downfall will cryotherapy is it can cause dark spots in people who have dark skin. Electrosurgery and curettage involves the process of burning the wart then scraping it away. Excision, laser treatments and chemical peels are all ways to remove a wart that does not respond to more simple treatments.

If you are plagued with the issue of a skin growth that is better known as a wart, no matter the kind, Johns Creek Dermatology is here for you. Give our office a call to set up an appointment to determine the right treatment process for you.