Warts

Warts

Wart Treatments In Gainesville, FL

Warts are an unpleasant skin phenomenon that can be a great nuisance to those who suffer from them. Warts can appear in many forms but are typically characterized by hardened, calloused and raised areas of the skin. Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery develops personalized treatments for all types of skin warts and other skin conditions. If you're suffering from skin warts, call us to schedule an appointment today.

Types Of Warts

While warts are typically easy to differentiate from other skin conditions, such as acne and rosacea, determining which type of wart you have requires the expertise of a Gainesville dermatologist. Here’s a quick list of the most common types of warts patients are diagnosed with.

Common Warts

Common warts are generally found on fingers, hands, knees and toes. They feature a rough, grainy texture and rounded top. Common warts contrast in color from surrounding skin and are usually light or ashy gray in color.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts most commonly grow on soles of the feet. They appear as small, hard bumps, often with little black dots on them. Unlike other types of warts, plantar warts grow into your skin, not out of your skin. Plantar warts can make walking uncomfortable.

Flat Warts

Flat warts are often tiny and can sometimes go unnoticed. They appear as smooth, flattened lumps. While they can affect any part of the body, they are commonly found on the face, arms and lower leg areas. These warts are easily spread by shaving.  

Filiform Warts

Filiform warts appear as thin, long threads of calloused skin. These warts usually affect the face, especially near the eyes and other mucous membranes. Filiform warts are typically the same color as the surrounding skin.

Water Warts

Water warts, commonly knowns as molluscum contagiosum, are a highly contagious type of wart that affect children. Highly contagious, they are often contracted from exposure to infected playmates by direct skin to skin contact as well as by playing in swimming pools. They appear as small flesh-colored or pink bumps and are commonly found on the face, neck, arms and abdomen.

Causes Of Warts

Warts are a common skin occurrence and can affect anyone. Typically, however, some individuals are more likely to get a warts virus than others, such as teenagers, children, those who bite and pick at their nails, and individuals with a weakened immune system.

Dermatology experts advise that warts are the result of a viral infection, in the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) family, in upper layers of the skin. When this virus enters through a scratch in the skin, it causes rapid cell growth and results in the formation of a wart. Warts can be spread through exposure to others with warts, manual spreading from one area of the skin to another, and through contact with surfaces containing the virus.

Contact A Dermatologist:

  • If you have warts on your face or other sensitive parts of your body, such as your mouth, nostrils or genitals;
  • If the wart is bleeding or has signs of infection, such as pus or scabbing;
  • If the wart becomes painful or sensitive;
  • If a wart changes in color; or
  • If one wart multiplies in number or warts spread to skin on other areas of the body.

Dangers Of At-Home Wart Removal

Most common warts go away without treatment, though it may take a year or two to fully remove them and they may also return in numbers. While many at-home remedies exist to try to remove warts, they can be extremely dangerous, potentially causing harm to the person attempting to remove the wart, aggravate the wart further, or cause the wart virus to spread to other parts of your body as well as to individuals around you.

Professional Wart Treatment

Professionals at Gainesville Dermatology and Skin Surgery know how to effectively and efficiently get rid of warts without the dangers or risks associated with at-home wart removal. Our wart treatments include laser treatment, dermatology surgery, cryotherapy, chemical peels and prescribed medications, among other effective wart-removal treatment options.

Warts are an unsightly skin phenomenon, but they are easily diagnosed and treated by a trained dermatologist. Our Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery team uses expert removal techniques ranging from freezing to surgical removal to help you get rid of warts fast. Contact our office to schedule a consultation today.