What is a Wart?
Warts are most usually seen on the hands, fingers, and near the fingernails. Warts generally look like small, fleshy peas, but they may vary in size. It is also common for warts to appear in groups near the elbows and knees. Warts are caused by HPV, otherwise known as the human papillomavirus. Though warts are harmless for the most part, they can be unsightly and bothersome. Store-bought wart removal treatments aren't usually strong enough, so Kind Health Group provides wart removal at our Encinitas, CA, medical facility. If you have a wart you'd like removed, schedule an appointment at Kind Health Group.
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What causes Warts?
Warts are caused by HPV. They are typically spread from person to person through skin-to-skin contact. Warts may also result from contact with a physical object, such as exercise equipment or a towel. It is easier to get warts through a cut or scrape in the skin, so frequently shaved areas (the legs, face, or the armpits) are at greater risk.
Recognizing a wart
The most common warts symptoms include bumps that are grainy and tender on top with a fleshy feeling. The area with the wart can be rough. Plantar warts appear on the bottom of the feet. Sometimes just called foot warts, they seem like brown or flesh-colored bumps marked with small, black spots. Flat warts are smoother and smaller compared to other types. Flat warts may grow anywhere, but they are most common on the legs and face.
Treatment Options for wart removal
Freezing a wart is a standard treatment and is done with success. With this technique, a member of our team applies the liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart away. A blister will develop around the wart, and the frozen cells will fall off within a week. Another treatment is applying cantharidin, a chemical that can lead to skin redness when applied to a wart. The cantharidin is applied to the skin to form a blister around the wart — it's a typical and popular treatment because the application causes little to no discomfort. Burning or freezing with cryotherapy may also be used, in addition to scraping with a curette or excising the wart(s). Laser treatments, chemical peels, bleomycin injections, or immunotherapy are also treatment options when the wart(s) is difficult to remove.
Wart and Worry Free
Rather than wasting money on over-the-counter products, get your wart(s) assessed by an experienced and professional medical team. We will inspect the wart(s) to determine the best course of treatment. Contact Kind Health Group in Encinitas, CA, to schedule a consultation, deal with current warts, and minimize reoccurrence.