Cosmetic Dermatology & General & Surgical Dermatology located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Warts can develop anywhere on your body, and these unsightly marks are contagious. Warts can spread over the surface of your skin and can be transmitted from one person to another. Matthew Zarraga, DO and Khongruk Wongkittiroch, DO, at Z-ROC Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offer a number of wart removal methods. If you have one or more troublesome warts, call or book an appointment online today.
Warts Q & A
What causes warts?
Warts are contagious eruptions that often look like raised, rough blemishes. They’re caused when a virus enters the body through a cut or open sore. Warts can be small or large and can be found alone or in clusters. They may become inflamed or regress and erupt in other locations.
What are the different types of warts?
There are many kinds of warts, usually categorized by their distinct appearance and location on the body.
Also called verruca vulgaris, these are raised, cauliflower-like lesions that typically affect the hands, but can also be found on other areas of the body.
These are skin-colored or reddish, smooth surfaced, slightly elevated and flat-topped papules most commonly located on the dorsal hands, arms or face.
Plantar warts begin as small shiny blemishes and progress to thick, deep sores on the soles and sides of the feet. These grow deep inside the skin of the foot, making walking painful. They are usually found on weight-bearing areas, such as the heel.
Also called condylomas, genital warts are found in the genital area and are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are transmitted through sexual contact with an infected partner.
You may notice itching or wart-like lesions on the external genitalia, perineum or perianal areas, and the warts can even extend into the vagina, urethra and anal canal. It can take anywhere from a few weeks up to several months after intercourse before you begin to experience these symptoms.
How are warts treated or removed?
Dr. Zarraga and Dr. Wongkittiroch offer a variety of options when it comes to the treatment and removal of warts. Your treatment plan depends largely on the type of warts you have, but it may include:
- Liquid nitrogen
- Topical medicines
- Laser therapy
- Cantharone topical solution
If you’re suffering from warts, call Z-ROC Dermatology today or schedule an appointment online to explore your treatment options.
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