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
"An extremely pleasant and professional office. Dr. Day is just fantastic. The amount of time she spent with me explaining procedures, exams and next steps was very informative. Dr. Day is truly concerned about her patients and their needs. Would highly recommend this office and Dr. Day for all your dermatology needs."- J.B. / Google / Aug 31, 2020
"Dr. Day and her staff were very welcoming, helpful and thorough during my recent first visit. It was so nice to be able to get an appointment within the next day. I love the technology they use such as iPads and a texting feature which allows you to send pictures/messages to the nurses and staff if needed. I had a question after my appointment and Dr. Day personally called me back in regards to my question which truly meant so much as a patient. For a Doctor to take time out of her busy day/schedule to personally return a phone call to a patient isn’t very common these days and it did not go unnoticed. It is very apparent that Dr. Day cares about her patients. Continue to treat with your heart and you will never go wrong! I will definitely be back!"- S.L. / Google / Aug 28, 2020
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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.