Warts are a skin condition that results from infection by one or another strain of human papillomavirus (HPV). There are several types of warts that can affect people of any age, but some types are more commonly found in children, while some are more often found in adults. Many types, especially those usually found on children, disappear on their own. When troublesome, a wart can be treated by Dr. Shondra Smith with medications. In other instances, a method of wart removal can be performed, including freezing or surgical removal.
If you suffer from warts in Lake Charles LA and surrounding areas and are interested in treatment or removal options, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Who Is Susceptible To Warts?
Patients with weak immune systems, such as those with HIV or another immune disorder, or those who have undergone organ transplants, are particularly susceptible to warts. Given that they are contagious through direct skin contact, strict personal hygiene will help to prevent spreading them to others. This includes avoiding the sharing of personal items, such as towels or razors, and direct skin contact like hand holding.
What Are The Different Types Of Warts?
Warts are small skin growths, flat or slightly raised, on your skin. They tend to vary in coloration and can be diagnosed by a simple medical examination by Dr. Smith. On occasion, a biopsy might be needed to distinguish them from particular types of skin cancer. Different wart types appear on different parts of the body and vary in appearance. Some of the most common types of warts are:
Common Warts – These usually appear on the fingers or toes
Flat Warts – These are common on the face, arms or legs
Plantar Warts – These grow on the soles of the feet, most commonly on the heels or balls of the feet, areas where most pressure is applied during standing or walking
Filiform Warts – These grow on the face or neck
Periungual Warts – These grow around or under toenails and fingernails
Wart Removal Options
While most are benign, they may be itchy, painful or embarrassing. Dr. Smith offers various wart removal options, including:
In most cases, wart removal is permanent and they do not return. If you have additional questions about treatment options, please contact our office today or schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith.