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Most of us are familiar with warts, but may not know much about them in practice. Sometimes it can be hard to identify whether the growth we're concerned about is indeed a wart or not. Over-the-counter and at-home removal methods may not be as effective as desired and some carry inherent risks if they're not appropriately performed. So it's always a good idea to turn to a dermatologist to learn about the possible treatment options, which will vary depending on the type of wart. Learn more by contacting the professionals of Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons in Mt. Arlington, Bridgewater, Morristown, NJ.
An important thing to know about warts is that they are typically harmless and many will simply go away all on their own. But this can take time and although are often merely unsightly they can also be itchy and sometimes even painful.
Warts occur as a result of contracting a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and they can spread by contact. So it's important to leave the wart alone, to not touch it, or let others do so. Picking at it may worsen the problem.
Over-the-counter products can often treat mild conditions but you should still check in with your dermatologist to be completely sure that what you're treating is indeed a wart, or if the growth is painful or is in an area where it impedes certain physical activities. Or if you just want to be sure that you'll be rid of it.
Dermatologist in Mt. Arlington, Bridgewater, Morristown, NJ
Your dermatologist will first verify that the growth is indeed a wart and then may prescribe either topical medication as a conservative treatment. But they can also employ elements such as acids and freezing therapy, or even surgically remove it if necessary. What type of treatment will depend on a variety of factors so it's important to come into the office.
Schedule a consultation today with your local experts of Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons in Mt. Arlington, Bridgewater, Morristown, NJ, by dialing 973-267-0300.
Find out the best solution for treating and getting rid of warts.
Warts are benign growths that often don’t cause issues. Many people will develop a wart at some point during their lifetime, particularly children. A wart is the result of an infection caused by a virus, and it can develop just about anywhere on the body. Of course, if you deal with warts regularly or if the wart is unsightly then you may want to turn to our Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, dermatologists to find out the best way to treat it.
Leave it Alone
You may be surprised to hear that the wart will go away all by itself even without treatment. Once the body sheds the virus the wart will also disappear; however, this can take a couple of years. Therefore, if the wart is in a very visible place, is affecting your appearance or is causing discomfort then it’s time to consult with one of our skin doctors to find out the best approach for getting rid of the wart faster.
Prevent it from Spreading
It is possible for a wart to spread, so it’s important that you practice good habits to prevent the virus from spreading. For example:
- Do not pick at the wart
- Wash your hands immediately after touching your wart
- Wear protective footwear in public areas like a gym shower or locker room
Remember that while some people may find Over-the-Counter wart treatments successful not everyone will. If you’ve tried OTC treatments without success or if you are dealing with diabetes or other health issues then you’ll want to turn to a professional right away for treatment.
Professional Wart Removal
There are several methods a dermatologist can use to remove the wart. The method we use will depend on certain factors including the location of the wart. Common wart removal options include freezing it with liquid nitrogen, one of the most common methods. If this treatment doesn't work, there are other options available.
If you are dealing with warts in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, NJ, then call Affiliated Dermatologists to find out the best approach for treating your warts and preventing them in the future.
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!