Warts Q & A


 

Warts can be both embarrassing or painful. Fortunately, Eternal Dermatology’s lead physician, Ife Rodney, MD, helps patients in and around the Bowie and Laurel, Maryland areas get rid of their warts. If you have stubborn, ugly warts, call Eternal Dermatology or book an appointment online today.


What are warts?

Warts are small growths that may occur anywhere on the skin, but are oftentimes seen on the hands, feet and face. While they are not cancerous, warts can be painful, especially if located on the bottom of your foot. They may also be particularly embarrassing, and can spread if not properly treated.


Who gets warts?

Warts are commonly seen in all age groups and all skin types, but children and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk. Warts can sometimes disappear on their own, but this natural process could take months or even years. 


What causes warts?

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 100 different strains of this contagious virus. This means that it’s possible to get a wart by touching someone else. This risk is increased if the skin is broken, or inflamed from a rash like eczema.


How does a dermatologist treat warts?

While it is possible for your body to naturally clear warts, it is best to seek treatment as you can spread the warts to your loved ones. On consultation at Eternal Dermatology, Dr. Rodney will first diagnose your wart by looking at it. It is possible that some types of skin cancer can look like warts. In these cases, a biopsy may be needed to determine if it is indeed a wart.

Many over the counter wart remedies are available, but these usually give subpar results. Medical grade treatments, including freezing, shaving, or application of topical medications, are available at Eternal Dermatology. To discuss the best way to remove warts, book your appointment online or by phone today.

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