Wart Removal Bend, OR

What are warts?

Warts are skin growths that are caused by a type of virus called the human papillomavirus or HPV. There are more than a hundred types of HPV known to infect the skin, usually through an area of broken skin. HPV causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly and this is what forms the warts. Warts can grow anywhere on the patient’s body and are most common among children and young adults. They usually go away on their own within months or years, but may need professional treatment when they start to spread or become painful.

What are the different types of warts?

Common warts are those that are most often seen on the hands and may also grow on other parts of the body. They are dome-shaped, rough, and grayish-brown in color.

Plantar warts are those that grow on the soles of the patient’s feet. They are thick, hard patches of skin that cause pain when the patient walks, much like stepping on a piece of stone.

Flat warts are those that generally grow on the face, arms, or the legs. They are small with flat tops and candy pink, brown, or yellowish in color.

Filiform warts grow on the areas around the mouth, nose, or the beard. They are skin-toned and appear to have threadlike growths sticking out of them.

Periungular warts grow under the toenails and fingernails and look like rough bumps with uneven borders and surfaces. These warts affect nail growth.

How do warts spread?

Warts can be easily contracted when the patient gets in direct contact with HPV, you can get infected by simply touching the warts of another person. Similarly, you can infect other people by sharing personal items such as towels or razors, or anything that may get in contact with the other person’s skin. After contact with the HPV, it may take months before the development of the wart.

How are warts treated?

In general, warts do not need any special type of treatment, but in cases when they become painful and begin to spread to other parts of the body, or the person becomes bothered by the way they look, professional treatment or home treatments may be necessary. Home treatments such as salicylic acid may be obtained without a prescription. Stronger medication, getting a shot for the warts, cryotherapy, electrosurgery, curettage, or laser surgery will require you to visit your doctor. In most cases for wart removal, antivirus treatment must be used in order to kill the cause of the wart itself. Physical removal of the wart often results in it coming back, or even spreading to other parts of the body if the root of the cause is not treated as well.