Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, offers wart treatment and removal to men and women living in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Kendall, FL, as well as the surrounding communities.
What is a Wart?
Warts are harmless skin growths caused by a virus. Warts can grow on any part of the body. Their appearance depends on their location. On the face and tops of the hands warts protrude, while on such pressure areas as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet they are pushed inward. Warts on the bottoms of the feet (called plantar warts) grow inward from the pressure of standing and walking and are often painful. Warts have a rough surface on which tiny dark specks (blood vessels) can often be seen.
Can You Prevent Warts?
Warts are very common and may bleed if injured. Since warts are caused by a virus, they are contagious. Warts may spread to other areas of the body since a wart is the source of a virus that can seed other areas. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent warts. They will often disappear by themselves, especially in young children but this spontaneous disappearance is less common in older children and adults.
How are Warts Treated?
Since we are unable to kill the virus, treatment consists of destroying the wart. Warts can be destroyed with surgery, lasers, by freezing with liquid nitrogen, electrodessication and curretage, bleomycin injections, or with chemicals. The treatment to be used on your warts depends on their location, size, your type of skin, and the duration the wart has been present. In some cases, new warts may form while existing ones are being destroyed. Warts may return weeks or months after an apparent cure. The treatment can be repeated or modified to destroy the wart.