WartsThe human papillomavirus (HPV) causes warts. HPV usually enters through an injury, infecting the uppermost layer of skin and causing a small area of cells to grow quickly causing a wart to form. Warts can show up at any location on the body, and are very common among children and teens.
There are six basic types of warts:
- Common warts are dome-shaped and have a rough texture and a grayish-brown color. They are frequently seen on the hands.
- Plantar warts are patches of thickened skin with dark specks that occur on the soles of your feet.
- Flat warts are small; pink, yellow, or light brown; and grow on the face, legs, or arms. They have flat tops.
- Filiform warts are skin-colored growths with thread-like protrusions. They show up on the nose, mouth, or beard area.
- Periungual warts grow around and under fingernails and toenails. These bumps have a rough surface and uneven border and can alter the shape of the nail.
- Genital warts occur in the genital, anal, or groin area. They sometimes appear as a tiny cauliflower.
Depending on its size and location, your wart may be removed by any of these methods, or a combination plan:
- Cryotherapy; freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen.
- Topical medication applied to the wart.
- Medication injected into it.
- Surgical excision; removing the wart with a scalpel.
- Electrosurgery; removal by electric current.
- Curettage; a surgical technique to scoop out the wart.
Count on the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology for discreet, effective wart removal.
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