A common skin condition, warts are most often seen on the palms, fingers, and near the nails. Warts generally look like little, fleshy peas, but they may differ in size. It's common for warts to develop in groups near the elbows and knees. Warts are brought on by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Though warts are usually harmless, they may be annoying and unattractive. Store-bought wart removal products aren't usually strong enough, which is why Rachel Day, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist, provides wart removal at her office in Chambersburg, PA. When you've got a wart you'd like removed, schedule an appointment with Dr. Day at OneSkin Dermatology.
Warts are a skin condition brought on by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are usually spread through skin contact. Warts may also be spread through contact with something a wart has been in contact with, like exercise gear or a phone. It's easier to contract warts through a scrape or cut so areas that are regularly shaved (the legs, face, or the armpits) are at greater risk.
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"I was recently seen by Dr. Day for a full body skin check and a cosmetic evaluation. She was so friendly and knowledgeable which made my experience great. I was provided a through description on each product or procedure I was interested in. I also required a biopsy and the process for that service went well. Overall with the services I received, the staff, the doctor, cleanliness, and education my experience was great. In addition to everything I had previously stated the office is so beautiful. Dr. Day did a great job with her interior design. I highly recommend Dr. Day at OneSkin Dermatology. What a great addition to Chambersburg."- C.T. / Facebook / Jan 21, 2020
After your first therapy, warts may come back so it's necessary to get the best treatment to reduce outbreaks. Freezing a wart is a common therapy and can be successful for many. With this technique, Dr. Day applies liquid nitrogen to the wart. A blister will develop around it, and the frozen cells will fall off in a week. Another choice is using cantharidin, a chemical that causes redness of the skin once applied to a wart. The cantharidin is placed on the skin to create a blister around the wart — it's a popular remedy since the technique causes little to no discomfort. Burning (electrosurgery) or freezing with cryotherapy can also be used. It's also possible to remove them by scraping with a curette or cutting away the wart(s). Chemical peels, laser treatments, immunotherapy, or bleomycin injections may also be used for treatment when the wart(s) is hard to remove.
The most common symptoms of warts are lumps that are grainy and tender on top and feel fleshy. The area near the wart may be rough. Plantar warts develop on the bottom of the feet. Also called foot warts, they look like brown or flesh-colored bumps that are marked with small, black spots. Flat warts are smoother and smaller in comparison to other kinds. Flat warts may develop anywhere, but they're most common on the legs and face.
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Although warts are usually benign, many people prefer to get them removed. Rather than spending money on over-the-counter products, get your wart(s) assessed by an experienced practitioner, like Dr. Day. She will inspect the wart(s) to ascertain the type and the best plan for therapy. Contact OneSkin Dermatology in Chambersburg, PA to schedule an appointment to treat your existing warts and minimize future outbreaks.