Don’t Worry About the Toads; We’ll Take Care of Your Warts

WartsPick up a toad, get a wart. At least that’s the wive’s tale about these growths. Truth is, you can pick up a toad a day and never get a wart. Or you can get them anywhere on your body, but they are most common among children and young adults. Most warts usually go away on their own within months or years, but in some cases, you’ll want the experts at Deschutes Dermatology to get rid of them.

What causes a wart to form?

Warts are skin growths that are caused by a virus, the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus usually infects a person through an area of broken skin. HPV causes the top layer of the skin to grow rapidly; this is what forms warts.

Different types of warts

Common warts — Often seen on the hands and arms, common warts are dome-shaped, rough, and grayish-brown in color.

Plantar warts — These grow on the soles of the feet. They are thick, hard patches of skin that cause pain when walking, similar to stepping on a pebble.

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

Filliform warts — These skin-colored warts appear to have threadlike growths sticking out of them. They grow around the mouth, nose, or in a beard.

Periungular warts — These warts are uneven and look like rough bumps. They grow under the toenails and fingernails and affect nail growth.

How do warts spread?

Warts can spread from one person to another quite easily. Simply touching another person’s wart can spread the HPV. Also, sharing towels or razors and such can spread them. After infection, warts can take months to actually development.

Getting rid of warts

Most warts don’t require any treatment, as the virus simply runs it course eventually. But if they cause pain, are spreading to other parts of the body, or bother the person, they can be removed. Home treatments use salicylic acid, but have mixed success because the concentration isn’t usually strong enough. At Deschutes, we have a variety of treatments: an injection to kill the virus, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen freezing), electrosurgery, curettage (scalpel excision), and laser surgery. If the virus isn’t addressed, however, the warts can come back.

Do you have a wart or warts that are bothering you? Let us take care of them at Deschutes Dermatology. Call us to make your appointment, 541-330-0900.

Nighttime Rituals for Better Skin the Next Morning

Skin CareYou don’t smoke. You don’t overdo sun exposure, and when you’re out there you wear sunscreen and cover up when possible. You opt for Botox when necessary and treat yourself to facials. Is there something else you can be doing to keep those pesky lines, creases, and wrinkles from forming or at least from being so prominent?

Yes, you can give your skin some love at bedtime. Here are three tips.

  • Pamper your face at bedtime. Your body uses the time you’re asleep repair itself and the skin is no exception. Use skin cleansers that thoroughly remove dirt, make-up, and excess oils. Such cleansing routines should be complemented with a moisturizer that contains retinol, an antioxidant known to interrupt the release of free radicals and prevent the appearance of the premature signs of aging.
  • Don’t sleep your way to wrinkles. Most people tend to favor one side when they’re sleeping. What’s the harm in that? You can actually cause sleep lines to form by sleeping repeatedly on the same side. These lines are similar to laugh lines, smoker’s lines, and squint lines. Lying in the same position for decades can lead to the appearance of creases and folds on just one side of the face. Sleeping on your back avoids this problem and is also a good way to prevent the build-up of fluids in the lower eyelids, which leads to puffiness. Now only if you could get your partner to stop snoring!
  • Get enough sleep. So how much is enough? It depends. Certain variables may be taken into consideration such as your age, level of activity, and general health. Generally, adults need at least seven to nine hours of sleep for them to feel fully recharged the next day. A recent study even found out that individuals who have fewer hours of sleep have more obvious signs of physical aging — fine lines, reduced skin elasticity, and uneven skin tone — than good quality sleepers.

So, while we can help you with your skin issues at Deschutes Dermatology, help yourself by paying attention to your skin at bedtime!