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I’m Embarrassed About My Warts

If you’ve stopped shaking hands because of unsightly warts, you’re not alone. About 3% to 5% of adults in the United States have warts and as many as 33% of adolescents do too.

At More MD, the experienced physicians offer routine skin checks to identify conditions like warts. They can safely remove them and help reduce your risk for the growth of new warts.

Why you have warts

Warts are a common skin condition that describes grainy skin growths that feel rough to the touch. Some warts also have tiny black dots in their center, which are actually clotted blood vessels beneath the skin.

The most common cause of warts is the human papillomavirus (HPV), a type of virus that you can spread by skin-to-skin contact with other people. The virus can enter your body through a scrape or a cut. Some types of HPV are spread through sexual contact and can cause warts to appear on the genitals.

Not everyone reacts to the virus the same way. People with weakened immune systems might be more susceptible to warts but won’t always develop them after coming into contact with HPV. Children are at increased risk for developing warts because their immune systems are still developing.

Know the signs of warts

Warts most commonly develop on your hands and fingers but you can also develop them on your knees and other parts of your body.

A wart appears as a small, fleshy bump that may be the same color as your skin or a shade of pink, tan, or white. Some warts will be spotted with blood vessels and all are rough to the touch.

While warts are generally harmless, they can make you feel embarrassed about your appearance. If this is the case, our team at More MD can treat them safely in-office during a simple procedure. You should also schedule a diagnostic evaluation for warts if the growths become painful or change in their appearance.

An overgrowth of warts can mean you have dysfunction in your immune system, so you shouldn’t delay an evaluation with our More MD team.

Treatment options for warts

The focus of treating warts is to destroy the growth and stimulate your body’s own immune system to attack the virus.  

Our providers offer the following wart treatments in-office:

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid works by removing warts a few layers at a time. The providers apply a prescription-strength acid directly to the wart and you might need several treatments before the wart goes away.

Cryotherapy

Applying liquid nitrogen to warts freezes the growth and causes the tissue to die. After your physician freezes the wart, a blister forms under the wart and, over time, the tissue falls off.

Cryotherapy can be done on its own or combined with salicylic acid treatments. This method also stimulates your body to fight the virus causing your warts.

Surgical removal

If the other therapies aren’t effective at treating your warts, you might need a minor surgery to cut off the wart. This option is usually a last-resort treatment because it can leave a scar.

Long-term outlook of wart treatments

Some warts will go away without treatment. However, treated warts can still reappear and spread to other places.

It’s important that you avoid sharing nail clippers and other products with others to prevent the spread of HPV. If you have warts, don’t pick at them or bite your nails to further reduce the spread.

To schedule a skin evaluation of suspected warts, call the More MD office nearest you or book an appointment online today. 

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