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Warts are minor local infections caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus invades the skin cells and causes them to multiply rapidly. There are at least 50 kinds of warts caused by this virus.
In fact, almost everyone will develop a wart at some time or other. Warts are not a sign of poor hygiene, and should not be considered a source of embarrassment.
Yes, the virus can quite readily be passed from one part of the body to another, or from person to person. The virus can also be spread by contact with the skin shed from a wart.
Common Warts are not dangerous, but they can be a nuisance. They are benign growths and will usually disappear on their own. However, it may take months or years for them to go away, and in the meantime they may spread. The best tact? Have them removed.
Keep in mind that some warts can become cancerous, and some skin cancers can look like warts, so always get them checked by your doctor. Also remember, the sooner a wart is treated, the easier it will be to destroy – so don’t procrastinate.
People notice them as abnormal growths, bumps, or other odd changes of the skin. More specifically, plantar and genital warts have very distinct symptoms and are more serious types of warts:
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Treatment for warts is advisable if they are on the hands or feet, or on any area where they can spread easily. In fact, removing a wart is probably the best way to prevent new warts from forming.
If you notice any abnormal growths, lumps, or skin changes – which may or may not be accompanied by itching, pain, or bleeding – you should make an appointment with your doctor. A quick physical exam by your doctor is usually all that’s needed to diagnose warts. The physical exam allows your doctor to distinguish a wart from other skin conditions such as moles, calluses, corns, skin tags, or cancer. To properly diagnose genital warts, your doctor may need to remove a small tissue sample (biopsy). There are also some new lab tests currently available that are useful to diagnose certain strains of HPV and to see whether or not the infection is likely to become cancerous.
At Total Dermatology we strive to deliver the best wart removal Irvine has to offer. There are plenty of effective treatments for warts, ranging from creams to laser treatment. Your doctor will decide which treatment is best, depending on the type of wart you have.
Common warts: These warts often respond to over-the-counter topical preparations such as salicylic acid and lactic acid, which work by peeling off the infected skin. Liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy) may also be used.
Plantar warts: These warts may be difficult to get rid of and usually require a stronger solution of 40% salicylic acid. For extremely stubborn plantar warts, your doctor may use laser treatment or liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy).
Genital warts: Treatments for destroying genital warts include the following:*
The latest prevention method for genital warts is a vaccination against 4 common types of HPV. HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer, genital warts, and other health problems. The vaccine protects against the types of HPV that cause about 90% of all genital warts. It also prevents infection with types of HPV that cause 70% of all cervical cancers, as well as precancers of the cervix and cancers of the vulva and vagina. The vaccination is available for girls and women 9 to 26 years of age.
Apart from genital or plantar warts, many warts will disappear on their own, without any treatment. However, if you find them bothersome, your doctor can prescribe a treatment such as cryotherapy, which involves freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen. Another option is the use of retinoid (vitamin A) creams prescribed by a doctor; this treatment is appropriate for a selected few and should be used only under close medical supervision.
Getting rid of a wart does not actually remove the offending virus. Therefore, to prevent the virus from spreading, it’s important to avoid contact with infected items. Try not to touch someone else’s warts and don’t let bare feet touch unknown moist surfaces. Most importantly, genital warts can be avoided by using condoms during sexual activity. If you’re ever diagnosed with genital warts, always complete follow-up exams and tell your partner or previous sexual partners so they can be properly tested and treated.
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