Posts for tag: warts

By Shady Grove Dermatology
August 26, 2022
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: warts  

What Causes Warts?

Warts are usually benign and harmless growths that appear most often on the hands and feet, they can be dome-shaped and have the appearance of a cauliflower. But because they are harmless doesn't mean they are not embarrassing and uncomfortable. Warts do not come from nowhere, they are actually transmitted by a virus, some of this will be explained below, but to learn much more you can contact your Rockville, MD, dermatologists of Shady Grove Dermatology.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

There are different forms of the human papilloma virus (HPV) and one of these is the one that's responsible for warts. This means that warts can spread between people and even between parts of the body as the virus is transferred by skin to skin contact.

To prevent its further spread it's important not to pick at or scratch a wart, even using tools such as nail clippers on it can spread the virus to other parts of your body. You can cover up a wart with a bandage to keep yourself from accidentally causing it to spread.

To prevent warts in the first place you should wash your hands often and keep them and your feet both clean and dry. If you spend time in locker rooms or locker room showers you can use flip-flops to avoid contact with the wet floors.

Treatment for Warts in Rockville, MD

The simplest at-home treatment for warts is to cover them up to prevent spread and to wait as they usually do go away on their own. But this can take some time and depending on where on your body the wart is, it can be unsightly and bothersome. But it's best to see a doctor if you notice the wart changing in color or size, or if it becomes painful, and you should also consider that the growth may not actually be a wart.

There are different ways your doctor can treat a wart depending on your specific circumstances and needs. They can suggest over-the-counter products or prescribe medication that can remove the wart over time, one common ingredient in these is salicylic acid, which can remove a wart over the course of just a few weeks.

Cryotherapy is another treatment option, your doctor uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart and remove it. It may require more than one treatment but it's typically fast. Your doctor can also surgically remove the wart with a scalpel or a laser, or may opt for electrosurgery, which uses a current to kill the tissue.

If you are looking for help treating warts you can schedule a visit with your local skin experts in Rockville, MD, of Shady Grove Dermatology by dialing (240) 246-7417.

By Shady Grove Dermatology
May 25, 2022
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: warts   Dermatologist  

Do your warts still look the same even though you've been using a wart remover every day? Unfortunately, over-the-counter products aren't always helpful. Your Rockville, MD, dermatologists at Shady Grove Dermatology offer several wart treatments that are much more effective than drugstore products.

Why you may still have warts after at-home treatment

Wart removers must completely penetrate the deepest layers of the wart to be effective. Unfortunately, over-the-counter wart removers aren't always strong enough to reach these layers. Have you tried a product that claims it will remove your wart by freezing it? Over-the-counter products designed to freeze skin cells may not actually get cold enough to do the job. Despite following the instructions on the package, you may still have a wart weeks later.

Visiting the dermatologist will help you get rid of your warts

Your skin doctor offers several wart removal methods that work much better than over-the-counter products. During your visit to the Rockville, MD, dermatology office, your dermatologist may recommend one of these wart treatments:

  • Salicylic Acid: Although salicylic acid is also found in over-the-counter wart removers, the gel or cream prescribed by your skin doctor offers a stronger concentration of this important ingredient. Salicylic acid removes warts layer-by-layer and is applied to your skin nightly for several months.
  • Cantharidin: Also a topical medication, cantharidin triggers the formation of a blister under your wart. The blister loosens the wart, making it easy to remove.
  • Freezing: Freezing, also known as cryotherapy, involves spraying your wart with liquid nitrogen. After the treatment, your skin will blister and fall off, taking the wart with it.
  • Electrodesiccation and Curettage: Your dermatologist scrapes off the wart, then uses an electric needle to get rid of any lingering wart cells.
  • Immunotherapy: During this treatment, your skin doctor injects a chemical into the wart. Your body regards the chemical as an invader and leaps into action to remove it, along with your wart.
  • Laser Therapy: Heat generated by laser light kills the virus and cuts off the blood supply to the wart. After the treatment, the wart soon falls off.

Are you ready to say goodbye to your warts? Call (240) 246-7417 to schedule an appointment with your dermatologists in Rockville, MD, at Shady Grove Dermatology.

By Shady Grove Dermatology
December 31, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: warts  

Warts are small, granular growths on the skin. Typically, they occur on the fingers and hands. They may also have an appearance of tiny black dots, which are due to clotted blood vessels. Warts are caused by a virus and can be transmitted through contact. If you have contact with the virus, it can take up to six months for a wart to appear. Warts are usually harmless can often resolve without treatment. The team of dermatologists at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville is dedicated to providing each of their patients with high-quality health care for all their individual needs, including treatment for warts.

Symptoms of Warts

Rockville residents may notice the following symptoms:

  • Small grainy bumps on the skin
  • Lumps may be tan, pink, or white
  • Lumps feel rough to the touch
  • Lumps may contain tiny black dots

How to Avoid Warts

Although common warts cannot be entirely prevented, you can reduce your risk of contracting the virus by:

  • Avoiding biting your cuticles and nails.
  • Not sharing, razors, washcloths, or towels.
  • Not touching another person’s warts.
  • Keeping your feet dry.
  • Wearing sandals or flip-flops around a pool or in a public locker room.

Treating Warts

You can treat warts at home with over-the-counter wart peeling medication. If you have tried treating warts at home but they persist or reappear, or they become painful, you should consult a dermatologist. You should also seek medical advice if your warts change appearance, size, or color.

Your dermatologist can treat your warts with stronger topical wart medication or using cryotherapy or laser treatment.

If you are a Shady Grove resident and you would like to find out more about wart treatment or you are looking for a dermatologist, call Shady Grove Dermatology at 240-246-7417 to schedule an appointment.

By Shady Grove Dermatology
November 05, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: warts  

Don’t want to wait for your wart to go away by itself? Learn about your wart removal options.

Warts are benign growths that can develop anywhere on the body or face. Although harmless, you may be unhappy with the way that your Wartwarts look and wish to have them removed. Fortunately, Dr. Josef K. Yeager and Dr. John J. DiGiovannaour, your dermatologists in Rockville, MD, are here to help!


Treating Warts from Home

Coming in a variety of forms such as a liquid or medicinal pad, commercial wart removal options can be found at your local drugstore. Many of these products contain salicylic acid, a chemical causes the skin to peel away until the wart is completely gone. Although generally effective, these products can take quite a while to take effect—even up to several years! Therefore, you may wish to turn to a skin doctor in Rockville, MD, to remove the wart, instead.


Seeing a Doctor

If you have diabetes or a compromised immune system and develop warts, you should see a dermatologist right away for treatment. Ignoring the problem or trying to treat warts on your own could lead to serious complications.

Here at our Rockville office, our wart removal treatments include:

  • Topical Application: By applying Cantharidin over the wart, this special solution causes the wart to blister. After a week, you may need to come back into the office so our dermatologist can remove the dead wart.
  • Cryotherapy: Freezing a wart is still the most common wart removal option and, while effective, it may require more than one treatment.
  • Excision: A simple procedure in which the wart is cut away from the skin
  • Electrosurgery and Curettage: This procedure uses heat to remove the wart with a special instrument.

If a wart doesn’t respond to these treatments then laser therapy, injections, or immunotherapy may be necessary.


Contact Us

Do you have questions about wart removal treatment? If so, call Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, today at (240) 246-7417 to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists today.

By Shady Grove Dermatology
December 27, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: warts  

Find out more about warts and what you can do to treat this sometimes-embarrassing skin issue.warts

These raised bumps on the surface of your skin aren’t typically a threat to our health; however, our Rockville, MD, dermatologists understand that it can still be awkward and disfiguring, at times. Here are the most common types of warts and when you should come in for professional treatment,

Common Warts

Even though these rounded warts can appear just about anywhere on the body they are most often found on fingers and toes. When you look more closely at these flesh-colored or pink warts they may look like a cluster of small bumps. They may even contain small black dots without them (this is just a grouping of small blood vessels).

Plantar Warts

These warts are found on the heels or soles of the feet, which can be rather uncomfortable or even painful when wearing shoes or walking around. What makes plantar warts different from other warts is that instead of growing outward they grow inward. So if you check the soles of your feet and notice a rough patch of skin with a hole in the middle (or a callused area with tiny black spots on it) then you might have a plantar wart.

Flat Warts

While flat warts are pretty small they often grow in places that are more obvious such as the face or arms, which can leave the sufferer feeling embarrassed about their appearance. This type of wart may be pink or brown or contain a yellow tint to them.

When should I turn to a doctor?

If the wart isn’t giving you any problems then you may just wish to let the problem run its course, since warts will go away on their own over time. Of course, if the wart is painful or if it is affecting your appearance, then you’ll want to schedule an appointment with our Rockville skin doctor to find out a faster way to get rid of the wart. If the warts bleeds or contains pus you’ll also want to come in right away, as these are signs of an infection.

If you are dealing with warts and want them removed then turn to the skin experts at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD. We are here to handle all of your skin concerns. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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