Warts are benign growths caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). The most common areas are the eyelids, hands and feet, but they can appear anywhere on the body. Warts often resolve on their own, but when they do not, there are many wart removal options and treatments available. If you have a wart you want removed and live in the West Palm Beach area, Precision Medical Specialists offers wart removal at our medical facility in Wellington, FL.
What Causes Warts?
Warts are an undesirable skin growth that has been associated with an unattractive appearance. Myths that warts are contagious from frogs are unfounded. The truth is warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), and it is spread from person to person. Kids and teens are more susceptible to contracting the HPV virus that causes warts, as it can be transmitted into the blood from scrapes or cuts in the skin. People with weakened immune systems are also prone to HPV.
When most people think of warts, they think of common warts that are rough, round and stubby growths. These common warts are often found on the fingers or toes around the nails (hangnails can allow the HPV inside and begin wart growth). Other types of warts are planter warts on the bottom of the feet or flat warts that often grow on the face.
There are a variety of wart removal and treatment options, which include special compounded topical creams, cryotherapy, shave removal, electrosurgery and curettage. Dr. Katherine Chiang at Precision Medical Specialists is a board certified dermatologist that can diagnose and remove warts at our facility. While most warts will go away on their own, they can be uncomfortable or cause aesthetic concerns. Treatment and removal options are effective to get rid of a wart, but it does not cure HPV or prevent new warts from forming. New warts can appear at the same place or other areas on the body.
If you are interested in wart removal, contact our team at Precision Medical Specialists. We offer various wart treatments performed by Dr. Chiang at our facility in Wellington.