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What are they?

Warts are classified as skin growths often caused by a viral infection on top of the skin. They typically occur on hands and feet but are not unfamiliar to other parts of the body. Warts are noninvasive and have no long term effect, but they can still be embarrassing, and in more severe cases, overwhelming. The good news is that warts normally disappear after just a few months. In some cases, warts will reappear and can even last for years. There are a number of different kinds of warts, including:

  • Common Warts – appear mostly on hands and feet
  • Flat Warts – appear mostly on the face and forehead
  • Plantar Warts – appear on the feet
  • Genital – appear on the genitals
  • Periungual & Subungual – appear under and around the fingertips and toenails

What Causes Warts?

Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are developed based on how often someone is exposed to the HPV virus. If the skin has some sort of damage or blister, it is easier for a wart to appear. There is no scientific reason as to why warts occur on some people and not others. It is solely based on wherever the virus was present and whoever was exposed to it. Warts can be passed on from one person to another, and often times indirectly. It takes several months before warts from contact appear.

Can Warts Be Treated?

Many stubborn warts can be removed using a laser. These treatments are done with dermatologists and require an anesthesiologist as well, to numb the infected area. Many people find success with over the counter medications that remove warts once they appear, but unlike laser treatment, this method does not guarantee long-term benefits. Also, if you are not careful, many creams and moisturizers will cause the wart to grow and even infect other areas of the skin. Be sure to always consult a physician before using any over-the-counter aid. Another option is to be injection with something called ‘interferon.’ Interferon is used to boost the immune system, and since warts revert back to an imbalance within the immune system, it was cause the body to reject the wart. You can also freeze the wart, a method called ‘cryosurgery’ that uses liquid nitrogen to create a blister where after the wart will seemingly fall off on its own. These services are best depicted by a doctor who can help you make the best decision for treatment.

Don't let warts stop you! Learn more about being properly diagnosed and treated, West Medical can help! To find out more about warts and treatment options for warts in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, please call our offices at (855) 690-0565. We look forward to hearing from you!

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