WHAT ARE WARTS?

Warts are benign skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infecting the top layer of the skin. They often appear as small, rough, and raised bumps on the skin, varying in color and texture depending on their location and type. Warts are contagious and can spread through direct contact with an infected person or surface. Common types of warts include common warts (usually found on the hands), plantar warts (on the soles of the feet), flat warts (typically on the face or legs), and genital warts (found in the genital and anal areas). While warts are generally harmless and may disappear on their own over time, some individuals may seek treatment from dermatologists to remove them due to discomfort, cosmetic concerns, or the risk of spreading. Treatment options for warts may include topical medications, cryotherapy (freezing), laser therapy, or surgical removal.

DERMATOLOGY AND WARTS

Dermatologists play a key role in diagnosing and treating warts effectively. They can accurately identify the type of wart and recommend the most appropriate treatment based on factors such as wart location, size, and patient preference. Dermatologists offer various treatment options, including topical medications such as salicylic acid or prescription-strength creams to help dissolve the wart tissue over time. Additionally, dermatologists perform procedures like cryotherapy (freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen), laser therapy, or surgical removal to physically remove the wart. Dermatologists also provide guidance on preventive measures to reduce the risk of spreading warts to others and offer support throughout the treatment process. By offering comprehensive care and access to a range of treatment options, dermatologists help individuals effectively manage and remove warts, promoting skin health and overall well-being.