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Posts for: February, 2016

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
February 24, 2016
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Warts  

Many people correlate warts with toads or witches’ noses. The truth is, warts are a common and treatable skin condition which affect wartscountless people. Often, warts appear more in children than adults though anyone can get them. Your Denver, CO dermatologist at Cheery Creek Dermatology can help you understand and treat this skin condition.

Where do warts come from? 
Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This virus causes the skin it comes into contact with to grow faster than normal, forming a wart. Warts appear thanks to the virus touching your skin or coming into contact with it indirectly. Often, the virus enters the skin through tiny openings, like cracks or scratches. Warts are contagious, spreading to others who touch the wart itself or something it has touched. Warts are mostly skin-colored, but can be darker or surrounded by darker skin. Though some people are more likely to get warts than others, researches have not yet found out the reason why.

Are there different kinds of warts? 
Most warts fall under the category of the common wart. They have a dome shape and appear grayish in color. Flat warts are much smaller than the common wart. They can be pink to light brown in appearance. Plantar warts occur on the soles of the feet and can be very painful. Filiform warts are mostly seen on the face, normally the nose or chin, and have a longer, tentacle-like appearance. They are normally flesh colored.

How are warts treated? 
Many warts go away on their own, though it may take months or even years. Some warts can be treated by over-the-counter wart removal treatments which usually take about 12 weeks to see results. These come in freezing, patch, liquid or ointment form. Another simple method of wart removal involves covering the wart with duct tape for a period of time.

When you do not see results from at-home methods, you should see your doctor. Your Denver dermatologists have several varieties of treatments to remove warts, including:

  • freezing the wart off using liquid nitrogen
  • shots into the wart
  • laser treatment
  • prescription medicated creams
  • acid peels

Consult with your dermatologist to determine which method of wart removal is best for your situation.

For more information on warts or their treatment, please contact Dr. James M. Maloney III, M.D. at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO. Call (303) 388-5629 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Maloney today!


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