What is a Wart?
Warts are a common skin condition most often found on the hands, fingers, and around the nails. They generally look like small, fleshy peas, but they can vary in size. It's also common for warts to appear in groups on the knees or elbows. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Though warts are mostly harmless, they may feel irritating or look unsightly, and they're contagious. Store-bought wart removal treatments aren't normally strong enough to fully eradicate warts. To assist you with your skin condition, our board-certified dermatologists offer wart removal at our League City and Webster, TX locations. If you have a wart or another skin growth you'd like removed, please schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists at Clear Lake Dermatology.
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What causes Warts?
Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). They normally spread from person to person by skin-to-skin contact. Warts can also be the result of touching an object a wart has recently been in contact with, such as exercise equipment or a towel. It's easier to contract warts through a scrape or cut in the skin, so areas that are frequently shaved (the legs, face, or armpits) are at greater risk for developing warts.
Recognizing a wart
At Clear Lake Dermatology, we diagnose and treat multiple types of warts. Generally, warts can present as common symptoms, including tenderness, graininess, and fleshiness. Also, if you touch your skin near the wart, it tends to feel rough. Plantar warts grow on the bottom of the feet. These foot warts look like brown or flesh-colored bumps with tiny, black spots, which are clotted blood vessels. Flat warts look smoother and smaller in comparison to other warts. Flat warts may develop anywhere, but they most commonly appear on the legs and face.
Treatment Options for wart removal
Even after your first treatment, warts can reappear, so we highly recommend following a tailored treatment plan to prevent future outbreaks. Freezing a wart is a normal and effective treatment. With this technique, we'll apply liquid nitrogen to the wart, which causes a blister to form around the wart; the dead cells start to fall off within a week. Another choice we can use is cantharidin, which is a chemical that removes warts. This treatment option is a popular treatment for children because it causes little to no discomfort. We can also use burning (electrosurgery), freezing (cryotherapy), curetting (scraping), or cutting. Chemical peels, laser treatments, immunotherapy, or bleomycin injections are additional treatment options if the wart proves difficult to treat.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 2 weeks
- How Long It Takes
- 20 minutes
Wart and Worry Free
Though most warts are benign, many patients probably still want them removed as soon as possible. Rather than wasting time with over-the-counter products, have your warts assessed by an experienced board-certified dermatologist in the Clear Lake region of the Greater Houston area. We'll analyze the warts to determine the type and create the best treatment plan for you. Contact Clear Lake Dermatology in League City or Webster, TX and schedule an appointment to treat existing warts as well as prevent future outbreaks.