Contrary to a popular myth, warts do not come from frogs. In fact, a wart is a common and treatable condition which can cause you to feel embarrassed by your appearance or even may become painful in some situations. Find out more about treating your warts with your dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons with locations in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater, NJ.
What causes a wart?
A wart comes from an infection of the topmost layer of skin. The infection, caused by a virus, usually enters the skin through a tiny cut or scratch, often not even visible to the naked eye. The virus causes the cells to multiply too quickly, forming a growth, or wart. The virus is usually transferred by direct skin-to-skin contact or situations like using a towel someone with a wart used before you. Avoiding coming into contact with the virus via good hand washing techniques and simple changes like wearing shower shoes in public, damp places can help you avoid getting a wart.
Kinds of Warts
There are several types of warts, including:
- Common warts: A common wart grows most often on the toes or fingers and is round and grainy in appearance. The wart may be grey in color.
- Plantar warts: These warts occur on the bottom of the feet and, thanks to the pressure of the body’s weight, grow inward. Many people who suffer from plantar warts describe them as feeling as though they have a rock in their shoe. The wart may look like a small hole with thick, callused skin around it.
- Flat warts: Flat warts occur most commonly on the face, arms, and thighs. They are flat and small, with colors ranging from pink to brown.
Wart Treatments in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater, NJ
Treating a wart depends on the severity and type of wart. Your dermatologist may suggest freezing treatments using liquid nitrogen or, if the wart does not respond to this treatment, other treatment options are available.
For more information on warts or their treatments, please contact your dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons with locations in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater, NJ. Call 973-267-0300 to schedule your appointment at any of the four New Jersey locations today!