Common warts are small skin growths that appear grainy and are caused by a virus. They can be transmitted by touch and often appear and disappear on their own after being exposed to the virus. Sometimes, they can take up to a few months to develop. They pose no danger but often cause an aesthetic concern. Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta provides painless wart removal at our office in Alpharetta.
Warts usually appear on the hands or fingers and can be flesh-colored, white, tan or pink, and spotted with black dots. Common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is quite common; however, only a few strains cause warts. Many OTC treatments exist for removing unsightly warts. You should see a dermatologist if your warts become painful, change color, spread or grow.
You are at a higher risk of developing warts if you have a lowered or compromised immune system, especially if you touch a wart or use towels or other items used by someone with warts. An outbreak of warts all over the body can indicate a compromised immune system that struggles to fight off the HPV virus.
Get Professional Care When You Have Warts
Dr. Susan Spitzler and Dr. Emma Murad are experienced dermatologists at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta who can help you if you develop ugly warts and want them removed. You should never attempt to cut off or otherwise remove a wart at home. Over-the-counter treatments can reduce their size and help them go away, but it takes time. Sometimes warts persist and require professional treatment.
Cutting a wart only serves to spread the virus to other parts of your body and risks infection. An infected wart requires professional attention. Dr. Spitzler and Dr. Murad can remove warts that present problems, are suspicious or simply bother you because of their appearance. Warts can also develop in areas that impede movement and require removal.
Common methods used to remove warts include salicylic acid, cryotherapy, and laser therapy, as well as cosmetic surgery. Our talented dermatologists will determine the best method to remove your warts and make a recommendation for treatment. If you have unsightly or bothersome warts that require professional treatment, contact Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta today.