Warts: Causes and Removals

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Warts are small, self-limited tumors that arise on the surface of the skin caused by viruses. Warts are considered to be a common infectious disease because they can be spread from person to person and they can spread throughout the body if aggravated. The clinical forms of warts include common warts, flat warts, plantar warts, periungual warts, filiform warts, and genital warts. Some warts will respond to over the counter treatments successfully, while others will be resistant to over the counter treatments and will need the intervention of a dermatologist to successfully remove or treat them. Some warts may also recur following treatment due to a virus being “trapped” within the body, thus causing the warts to reappear – sometimes in the same place, sometimes in a different area of the body. Medical Dermatology Specialists in Atlanta provides professional wart removal to treat all types of warts.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common virus to cause warts. This virus invades the skin through a broken area of skin, and it will infect the top layer of skin, causing it to rapidly grow and form a wart. Plantar warts are common on the feet if you walk around outside barefoot. Warts on the hands are common due to the regular use of your hands and the likelihood of having a small scratch, papercut, or hang-nail that allows a virus to enter into the skin. Genital warts are common among those who are sexually active with multiple partners due to the fact that STDs are common among the those who are sexually active. STDs infect the genital area, thus making them susceptible to further infections.

Medical Dermatology Specialists provides a variety of wart treatment options depending on your specific type of wart and past treatment attempts. We offer the safest and most effective treatment solutions that will eliminate your current warts and prevent recurrences. For those who suffer from genital warts, lifestyle changes will need to be made in order to prevent them from recurring, and those who are susceptible to plantar warts on their feet will be encouraged to not go barefoot.

Contact Medical Dermatology Specialists for advanced, patient-centered skin care today.