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By Cherry Creek Dermatology
June 12, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Warts   Wart Removal  

WartsDealing with an unpleasant or unsightly wart? Learn more about wart removal options.

Warts are harmless little flesh-colored growths that appear as the result of a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Anyone can get warts, from children to seniors. They usually aren’t anything to worry about and they will go away on their own. The only issue is that they can take years to go away. If the wart is in an awful or uncomfortable location such as your face or the soles of your feet then you may just want to turn to our Denver, CO, dermatologist, Dr. James Maloney, for professional wart removal.

At-Home Treatments

We know that a lot of people want to deal with simple skin problems on their own rather than immediately running into the office. If you are a healthy individual who hasn’t been diagnosed with diabetes, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t try and treat the wart on your own. It’s important to know that a wart will go away all by itself, but that it will take time. In fact, warts can take years to go away; however, you can try these OTC medications to get rid of the wart faster:

  • Salicylic acid gels or pads
  • Freezing products

Of course, depending on the location of the wart you may not want to use salicylic acid products, as this can lead to burning, raw skin. Those with poor circulation or diabetes should never use these products. Make sure you follow the medication’s instructions as they are written to prevent complications.

Other Treatment Options

Maybe you don’t have time to fool around with OTC products or you just want to get the problem nipped in the bud as soon as possible. This is when it’s the perfect time to visit our Denver skin doctor. While freezing (cryotherapy) the wart off is still the most common wart removal option other treatments include laser therapy and minor surgery. We will discuss the different treatment options with you and based on the location of the wart we will help you determine the best wart removal procedure.

If you want to have your wart removed then it’s the perfect time to schedule a consultation with Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO. We would be happy to discuss which treatment options will work best for you and your needs.

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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