Did you know that all warts stem from the human papillomavirus (HPV)? Although these growths are usually painless and benign, they are aesthetically unappealing, especially when they're on a part of your body that people see regularly, such as your face or hands. Fortunately, warts are correctable by a practitioner at the Atlanta Center for Dermatological Diseases, serving Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, Sandy Springs, GA, and the nearby regions.
What to Know About Warts
Warts come from an infection when you come in contact with a person who is infected or items that the infected person had contact with, like a towel.
Children are more prone to this infection because their bodies haven't had a chance to develop immunity. Additionally, your child's risk heightens if he or she is immunocompromised.
You could have had contact with the virus two to six months before developing symptoms.
Often, warts will disappear on their own. However, if they're bothersome, it's possible to have them removed.
If you're dealing with warts, once you visit one of our Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, or Sandy Springs, GA, practices, you'll receive a visual analysis of the blemish. Sometimes, other testing is performed, such as a biopsy to rule out other causes of skin growth. In addition, the practitioner may scrape the top layer of the wart to examine the blood vessels.
Fortunately, for patients contending with warts, various treatment options exist. In some cases, you may be able to take a treatment home and administer it yourself. For instance, salicylic acid preparations come in pad, gel, drop, or plaster form. They will destroy the protein that makes up the wart.
On the other hand, if you're suffering from multiple warts or have a more serious case, we may perform in-house treatments. For example, cryotherapy is a treatment that uses cold temperatures to freeze the wart. We offer injectable medications that encourage your immune system to fight the infection.
For anyone dealing with warts, help is available in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA. At the Atlanta Center for Dermatological Diseases, our practitioners offer various treatment methods so you can feel confident once again with the embarrassment of warts.
Schedule an appointment at one of our practices by calling:
Roswell - 770-751-1133
Alpharetta - 770-664-5225
Cumming - 770-844-1902
Sandy Springs - 404-252-4333