Warts are definitely not something you want to see appear on your feet or hands. While generally not medically dangerous, they can be unsightly and spread. Sarah Coates, MD, and Richard Burroughs, MD, at Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology in Pleasanton, California, can evaluate your warts and make recommendations on the best way to remove them. To get rid of bothersome warts, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Warts are caused by strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This family of highly contagious viruses can cause warts to appear anywhere on your body, but they most commonly occur on your hands and feet.
You can contract the virus by touching or walking on an infected surface. Sharing towels, razors, or flip flops in a shower area put you at risk. The virus that causes warts likes warm, moist environments.
Your risk of developing a wart increases when you have a cut, wound, or abrasion. HPV more readily creeps into your skin and causes warts. People with weakened immune systems are also at greater risk.
Warts come in various types, including:
Common warts are raised bumps that feel rough to the touch. They’re often gray.
Plantar warts show up on the soles of your feet. They can cause pain when you walk.
Filiform warts grow around your nose, eyes, and mouth. They’re most often skin-colored but grow long and narrow and look like threadlike spikes.
Flat warts are just that: flat. Flat warts are usually relatively small but grow in large clusters.
Periungual warts form around or under your fingernails or toenails. You might mistake them for thickened skin.
Warts don’t usually pose a medical threat and often go away without treatment. Particularly noticeable or painful warts (such as plantar warts on your feet) can be removed with several methods.
When an over-the-counter topical wart removal compound doesn’t work, Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology may use cryotherapy to freeze off the wart or electrosurgery to burn it off.
Laser procedures and curettage to scrape the wart from your skin are other options. For warts with a deep root, a minor surgical excision may be required. The exact treatment for your wart depends on its location, size, and type.
If you’re bothered by warts anywhere on your body, contact Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology. Call the office to make an appointment or schedule online today.
*Individual results may vary.