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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.

By Shady Grove Dermatology
February 08, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: warts  

Are you wondering if that growth could actually be a wart?warts

While these fleshy little bumps may look unpleasant, it’s good to know that they are completely harmless. While children often develop warts due to a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV), adults can also develop warts, too. Our Rockville, MD, dermatologists are here to tell you more about this skin condition, treatment options and when to visit us.

What is a wart?

These skin growths appear if the outer layer of the skin has been infected by HPV. You are more likely to become infected with this virus if you have a cut or any damage to your skin. It’s important to know that warts are contagious and can spread from person-to-person.

What are the symptoms of a wart?

There are many different kinds of skin growths, so it isn’t always easy to tell whether you have a wart or not. The common wart can appear just about anywhere but is usually found on the hands or the face. If your child has a wart on their hand and then bites their nails or touches their face, the wart can spread.

Warts on the feet are known as plantar warts. These flat growths often form in clusters. Since they are most commonly found on the soles of the feet they may be painful, particularly when wearing shoes or moving.

Flat warts can also develop anywhere. Children are more likely to develop this type of wart on their face. Men may find them in or around their beards while women often notice these smooth warts on their legs.

How is a wart treated?

Fortunately, our Rockville skin doctors can easily determine whether or not you have warts just by examining the growth. You’ll be happy to know that warts often go away on their own without treatment. However, it can take up to one year or more for them to go away. Even though warts are harmless we do offer ways to have them removed.

One of the most common methods is to freeze the wart. This procedure is known as cryotherapy and only takes a few minutes. While you can buy products over-the-counter that can freeze the wart, it may not be nearly as effective as getting cryotherapy from us.

In some cases, the wart may have to be burned or cut off. If the wart is difficult to treat other treatment options include laser therapy or even chemical peels (which is more commonly used on flat warts).

Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, is dedicated to making sure that you are comfortable in your skin. Whether acne breakouts are troubling you or you want to schedule a skin cancer screening, we are here for all of your dermatological needs.



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