Warts are a common growth caused by a virus found in the top layer of the skin. Warts can sometimes become numerous and painful. It is important to remain patient and consistent with treatment. It can take multiple appointments and various different treatments for the lesions to completely resolve.
Where Do Warts Come From?
The virus that causes warts can be passed by physical contact. Therefore, touching actual warts or surfaces that have been contaminated by the virus can lead to spreading from person to person. For these reasons, it is recommended to avoid direct skin to skin contact with an area affected by a wart. It is also advised to avoid contact or wear flip-flops in high risk locations such as showers, pool decks, public showers, yoga mats, and locker rooms.
Who Gets Warts?
While some people are susceptible to warts, anyone who comes in contact with the virus can potentially develop the lesions.
What Are The Treatments For Warts?
There are a number of different treatments and all are used in different cases. It is best to consult with your physician to find the plan that best fits your needs. It is important to note that it can take multiple treatments to treat warts. Additionally, new lesions may form in between treatments.
At Home Treatments: Depending on the extent of the warts, there are a number of at-home topical treatments that work to aggressively exfoliate the warts. They may be used in conjunction with in office treatments for faster results.
Liquid Nitrogen Cryotherapy: Usually used as the first line treatment in the office, liquid nitrogen freezes the warts and causes inflammation and sometimes blistering to target the wart virus. Multiple treatments are usually necessary.
Injections: If the warts persist after at home and liquid nitrogen treatments, the next step may be injections of Bleomycin or Candida. These treatments can stimulate the immune system to fight off the virus off. Multiple treatments are often necessary.
Laser: Usually used as a last resort, the laser works to target the blood vessels of the warts. Once destroyed, the warts will usually resolve on their own. This process can take multiple treatments.