Skin growths that appear after directly coming into contact with types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) are called warts. The HPV can only infect the outermost layer of skin, causing skin cells to multiply. Unless there is an open wound, HPV cannot infect beneath the surface. But once it enters the body through a cut or broken skin, a wart begins to grow.
A wart can take months to become visible. If you suffer from immune system deficiencies, you will have a higher chance of warts. The most common occurrences of warts occur in children and young adults.
Five Types of Warts
Common warts grow in groups and most often appear on the hands. They are a dome shape, grayish-brown color, and they are rough to touch.
Plantar warts grow in hard, thick patches of skin and have dark-colored spots on the soles of feet. When walking, these warts feel like small rocks.
Warts that are pink, light brown, or yellowish colors are called flat warts. Shaving can trigger these types of warts to form in clusters on the arms, legs, and face.
Warts that form close to the mouth, nose, and facial hair area (if applicable) and have thick, thread-like protrusions are called filiform warts. These warts are often the skin-colored.
Periungual warts impede nail growth with rough bumps with an uneven surface, and edges appear underneath the nails.
What is the best wart treatment?
Warts are kept alive by tiny blood capillaries at the wart’s core. You may notice dark dots in a warts center, this is the tiny vessels. With time, many warts will fade away on their own, however, that is not always the case.
If you are experiencing pain, rapid growth from warts, our World’s Famous Dermatologist team has the most innovative treatment options for you. We offer options that you can take home with you such as salicylic acid bandages, pads, or drops, and in-office treatments such as freezing liquid nitrogen. Our dermatologists can offer you the best choice after examining your current condition.
Schedule your wart removal appointment today to get the wart removal relief you deserve.
During your consultation, your dermatologist will review your unique case and provide a positive treatment plan.
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