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.
"I was so nervous and self conscious about going to the dermatologist for the first time and both Dr. Day and her staff were amazing! Dr. Day was super kind and easy going and professional which made the visit a wonderful experience. I love how thorough she is and how she takes time to explain information to you to make sure you understand. Highly recommend her for your dermatologic needs!"- H.R. / Google / Jun 26, 2020
"Dr. Day is very professional and makes you feel comfortable. Staff were helpful and all were following precautions due to Covid-19. Will return and refer others!"- M.N. / Google / Oct 30, 2020
"Absolutely love oneskin dermatology and dr day and her entire staff!! I went in feeling horrible about my skin and In tears everyone in the office was wonderful caring and non judgmental. They got me in for my first apt the next week and dr day spent an hour with me herself literally holding my hand as I cried and said I didn’t know what else to do with my skin. I had severe rocasea that had never been diagnosed along with some hormonal acne going on which had scarred my skin . They are so caring there and my skin has done a 180 in a few short months. Never met a more caring dr or team she has there if anyone is reading this and in need of a wonderful dermatologist and staff there is no better place to go. The compassion and treatment you receive is beyond amazing. Thank you dr day and your incredible team for all your treatment mentally and skin wise you have given me so much confidence back look forward to my next treatment with you soon."- S.H. / Google / Oct 29, 2020
"My wife and I both had first time appointments recently. We arrived prior to appointment time and were pleasantly welcomed by the receptionist. We completed our paperwork in a clean and brightly lit reception area. Shortly after arrival we were shown to a room where Dr. Day and her nurse practitioner introduced themselves and began a complete exam for any evidence of skin cancer. During the exam, and after, Dr. Day offered advice on skin care as well as some skin care products. We found both Dr. Day and the entire staff pleasant, proficient, and professional."- W.L. / Google / Oct 27, 2020
"I highly recommend OneSkin Dermatology. Dr. Day is very friendly, answered my questions and spent as much time as needed with me. I never felt rushed or dismissed. Dr. Day removed an abnormal mole and sent it away for a biopsy. She personally called with the result (which was a positive result!) within a few days. Her staff is very helpful and friendly. The office is beautiful too!"- L.B. / Facebook / Oct 05, 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.