Warts are small benign skin growths that show up on your skin when a virus infects it. There are more than 100 types of human papillomaviruses (HPV) that cause warts in different areas of your body!
Human papillomavirus (HPV) produces warts that can be spread from one person to another. The virus is often caught through cuts on the skin. Hence, children are susceptible to warts, especially when they play outside. Shaving can create opportunities for warts to grow. Warts can also be caused by touching one on somebody else’s body or something like a towel that an infected person has touched.
Although usually not cancerous, warts are contagious and can be spread by physical contact, especially through a cut or damage in your skin. They can appear dark and feel rough or smooth. Warts can be flat or bulbous. Once contracted, the wart must be treated to prevent it from spreading to other areas of your body or infecting another person.
Tend to grow on the fingers, the backs of the hands, and around the nails. They often feel like rough bumps and often encountered where the skin is broken like when someone bites their fingernails. Also called seed warts for the black dots that mimic the appearance of seeds.
Can grow quickly and appear like thin, long fingers sticking out usually around the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Are usually smaller and smoother, but in greater numbers, up to 100 at a time. These warts can develop anywhere on the body, although they appear most often on the face of children, on the legs of women, and in the beards of men.
Often grow in clusters and on the soles of your feet. Also called plantar warts, they can be flat or grow inward which can cause pain when walking as if you have pebbles in your shoe.
Appear on the genitals and in the pubic area as well as between the thighs.
Can be found around and under your fingernails and toenails.
Anyone can get a wart, although some people are more susceptible, especially children, teens, people who bite their nails or pick at their hangnails, and those with a weakened immune system.
Yes, a wart may come back at the same place or at a new site. There are no vaccinations against the wart virus, but an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Sperling can treat new warts as soon as they appear on your body.
You should make an appointment with Dr. Sperling if you notice a wart has developed on your face or other parts of your body and it is itchy or bleeding. Or if you think your child should be checked. Don’t hesitate to set a consultation if you have a wart that looks suspicious and continues to grow.
A dermatologist performs a skin biopsy to remove a skin lesion and send it to a lab where part of the wart is examined for diagnosis. A biopsy is a safe and quick procedure that helps provide information about the possible severity of melanoma.
Yes, the earliest a wart can be treated, the better. It often gets bigger and spreads to other parts of your body or to other people.
It’s amazing how our immune system can recognize a virus and develop immunity against it, which explains why most adults do not have warts.
Warts usually have tiny black dots, the blood vessels, whereas corns do not.
When it comes to the treatment of your warts, there are different choices available to you. The objective is to destroy the wart and stimulate a response from your immune system to fight the virus. Dr. Sperling will determine the best approach for your symptoms and the location of your warts.
Sperling Dermatology is the top destination for wart removal in New Jersey. Dr. Shari Sperling will examine your skin and provide the best solution to solve your problem. Specializing in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Sperling will help you achieve Spectacular Skin! At Sperling Dermatology, we care about our patients and work diligently to leave you looking and feeling spectacular. We are here to provide you with results that fully satisfy your aesthetic needs.
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