Warts

Charles County Dermatology Associates -  - Dermatologist

Charles County Dermatology Associates

Dermatologists located in White Plains, MD

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Warts are small growths that are typically found on the hands or feet, but can be found in other areas as well. They can resemble a solid blister-like growth as well as a cauliflower-like growth. The most common types of warts are:

  • Common Wart: a wart with a rough surface that is raised and is typically found on the hands.
  • Flat Wart: most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees and is typically small, flat and flesh colored.
  • Genital Wart: a wart that is found on the genitalia.
  • Mosaic Wart: a cluster of warts.
  • Periungual Wart: occurs around the nails and is cauliflower-like.
  • Plantar Wart: a wart that is typically found on the feet and can be classified as a hard lump with black specks in the center of it.

What causes Warts?

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, of which there are about 130 different types. A wart is formed when the HPV infects an area of the skin. The wart itself is the benign growth caused by the HPV.

What are Treatment Options?

Luckily, there are a variety of treatment options when it comes to removing warts. The most common is salicylic acid which one of our dermatologists can prescribe. There are also a number of procedures that can be used to remove the wart itself including cryotherapy, immunotherapy and others. If you are worried about a wart on your body, call one of our dermatologists today to schedule an appointment.