Warts are a common type of benign growth. Most warts are rough and may be tan, pink, red or the same color as the surrounding flesh. Children are more likely to experience warts, but they can affect patients at any age. If you experience persistent warts in the Poulsbo, Washington area, see the expert dermatology care providers at West Sound Dermatology.
What Causes Warts?
Warts are the result of a viral infection. They are caused by human papillomavirus, or HPV, and most commonly occur when the virus comes in contact with a cut or other break in the skin. Warts may spread through either skin-to-skin contact or contact with a contaminated object such as towels or toys.
Treatments for Warts
Warts do not always require treatment and often resolve on their own, but some warts can be persistent or painful. Patients may also choose to have a wart removed to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.
Topical treatments can be applied to cause the wart to peel away from the healthy surrounding skin. Options include trichloroacetic acid and prescription salicylic acid.
If topical treatments are not successful, your provider may also remove a wart through cryotherapy, surgical excision, or a laser treatment. Cryotherapy involves freezing the wart using liquid nitrogen. Laser treatments are typically reserved for particularly persistent warts. Your provider can explain your options and which might be best for you.