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Medical DermatologyAt Keystone Dermatology Partners in Philadelphia, our dermatologists frequently provide care to address warts. We offer examinations for the diagnosis of warts, as well as treatment options to eliminate them.

What Are Warts?

Warts are a very common type of skin condition that primarily appear on the hands and fingers. These small growths are often rough in texture, can be pink, tan, or skin-colored, and may contain small black dots. The black dots are caused by clotted blood vessels.

There are a variety of different types of warts. They can be distinguished by their appearance and where they form on the body. Some of the different types of warts are:

  • Common warts –
    • Found on hands and fingers
    • Small flesh-colored bumps
    • Rough in texture with small black dots
  • Plantar warts –
    • Commonly found on the soles of the feet
    • Flat in appearance
    • Grow in clusters
    • Can cause pain and discomfort
  • Flat warts –
    • Can grow on any area of the body
    • Often form on children’s faces
    • Small and smooth in appearance
    • Typically occur in large numbers
  • Filiform warts –
    • Long and thin in appearance
    • Tend to grow around the mouth, nose, and eyes
    • Grow rapidly

What Causes Warts?

Warts are typically the results of a very common type of viral infection known as human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus that causes warts is contagious, and it spreads by skin-to-skin contact with a wart or by anything that has recently come into contact with a wart, like a towel. It is easier to contract the virus if you have cuts or damage to your skin.

It is important to note that coming into contact with warts does not guarantee a person will develop warts; this varies based on the response of each individual’s immune system. People with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop warts, as are children who have not yet built up an immunity to the virus that causes warts.

Preventing the Spread of Warts

The best way to avoid getting a wart is avoiding contact with warts and anything that has recently been in contact with them. Nail biting should be avoided, since it can cause damage to the fingertips, making them more susceptible to potential viruses.

Treatments for Warts

While common warts are not dangerous, many people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. Warts may also be a sign of underlying medical conditions such as issues with the immune system.

There are a variety of treatments for warts. The first step is to have the issue properly diagnosed by a dermatologist. Treatment for warts can include:

  • Prescription-strength medications
  • Cryotherapy (freezing)
  • Curettage (shaving)
  • Salicylic acid
  • Electrosurgery
  • Surgical excision

Contact Us Today

Contact Keystone Dermatology Partners in Philadelphia to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled dermatologists. They can properly diagnose your condition and provide you with the care you need to eliminate your warts.

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