Warts are growths on the skin caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts have the potential to grow on skin anywhere, and their appearance can change based on where they are growing. For instance, warts on the bottom of the feet (“plantar warts”) can look more flat on the surface of the skin, whereas warts on the fingers or the elbows may grow out from the skin more. We don’t know exactly why some people get warts while others never get them. If you have had a wart yourself, you know that they can be a nuisance but will eventually go away with treatment!
There is no single, perfect treatment of warts: however, at Tareen Dermatology we have a variety of treatment options to help get rid of your warts no matter their location. Treatment consists of destroying the outer layer of skin that the wart grows on, and thus ridding the body of the wart. Most commonly a wart will first be treated with liquid nitrogen or cantharidin, which is an irritant to the skin. The cantharidin may cause a blistering reaction to gently lift away the wart from the skin below. Some patients will undergo laser treatment for their warts, which is performed in-office with no down time. The treatment to be used on your wart depends on their location and size, your type of skin, and the judgement of the Dermatologist.
Recent studies have shown that taking an over the counter zinc supplement can boost the immune system to help it fight off the wart virus. If you have questions about these, or other at home treatments, our Providers would be happy to discuss them with you.