Many patients who have HPV (human papillomavirus) may experience warts. Warts are growths on the skin caused by the virus and result in small, skin-colored bumps. They can grow anywhere on the body, but are most common on the hands. They are contagious, and can be rather unsightly and embarrassing for those who have them.
Warts are more common in children and teens. Those who have a weak immune system or bite their nails may be at a higher risk for developing them. Children who develop warts will often not need treatment, as they go away on their own. However, warts in adults or warts that are bothersome and painful to a child may need to be treated and/or removed. Orlando dermatologist, Dr. Grayman, offers various treatments for warts, and can help patients remove them.
There are several methods used to remove warts.
Cantharidin is a medication that deadens a wart. The solution is applied to the wart and it will stimulate blister formation underneath it. About one week later, the wart will be deadened and can be clipped away from the skin by the dermatologist.
Also known as freezing the wart, cryotherapy assists in removing the warts immediately. It is the most common way to remove warts. It is not especially painful, and may need to be repeated regularly to control warts.
Instead of freezing, burning is another option to remove the wart. It may be combined with curettage, which requires the dermatologist to “scrape off” the wart with a special instrument.
Another way to remove the wart is to cut it out, also known as excision. This can be done if other methods are not viable for the patient.
Dr. Grayman of Pure Skin Dermatology offers these methods for wart removal and treatment, but informs patients that warts may continue to grow. There is no cure or fully effective treatment for warts, as they may grow anywhere on the body at any time. This is because warts shed the virus cells back into the skin before they are treated, causing new warts to appear. Continuous management of warts may be needed to control them long term.