Treating Your Warts
By Judith Silverstein, MD
June 20, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Warts  

WartsWarts are benign skin growths that develop as a result of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which gets into cuts or openings within the skin. As the body fights the infection the wart will eventually go away—the only problem is that it can often take a year or more for the wart to go away by itself. So, if you want to get rid of your wart faster than that, then you’ll want to visit one of our offices in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, or Cumming, GA, for treatment!

When should I see a doctor about my warts?
While some people choose to just wait until the wart goes away or use over-the-counter wart removal treatments, there are instances in which you may want to turn one of our offices in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, or Cumming, GA, instead. It’s time to see a dermatologist if,

  • There are multiple warts or your body continues to produce warts
  • You are dealing with larger warts or warts that continue to grow
  • Over-the-counter medicines aren’t working
  • A wart becomes painful or bleeds
  • You have diabetes and you develop spreading warts
  • You have warts on your face or genitals
  • You aren’t sure that the growth is a wart

If you’ve never had a wart before, then you may not even know what the growth is when you first see it. Moreover, small warts may be painless and go unnoticed so you may just end up ignoring it. However, if your warts grow and are bothering you, affecting your appearance, or causing pain, then it’s time to come into our office.

How will a dermatologist treat my warts?
There are several methods for treating warts and the best method will depend on the location, size, and the number of warts. Common types of wart removal treatments include,

  • Cryosurgery: This involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen. This is an ideal option for those dealing with small, isolated cases. This is usually the most common wart removal treatment option but may take multiple treatments.
  • Electrosurgery and curettage: This process involves burning and scraping off the wart.
  • Surgical shaving: This simply means that your dermatologist will cut off the wart.

If warts are more challenging to treat then we may also recommend laser therapy, topical medicines, direct injection of medicine into the wart, or immunotherapy.

Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases has offices in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, and Cumming, GA, to serve you better. If you want to find out the best way to treat your warts, then call one of our offices today for a consultation.

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