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Warts are actually caused by a virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV). With hundreds of strains, HPV can cause a variety of warts that appear across the body after exposure. Surprisingly, warts can actually be transmitted through touch. However, warts may take between two to six months to appear after exposure to the virus – making it difficult to trace when, where, and how contact with HPV occurred.

The majority of warts are harmless and may dissipate on their own. However, some types of warts may become permanent, aesthetically concerning, widespread, or even cause discomfort. For this reason, many people choose to have their warts removed. The most common types of warts that Dr. Schultz removes include:

  • Common Warts: growths that are grainy and rounded, typically appearing on the fingers and toes. They may be more gray-ish in tone than the rest of the skin.
  • Flat Warts: a small type of wart that typically grows on the face, arms, and legs. These warts are flat, but can be more noticeable due to their pink or brown appearance.
  • Filiform Warts: growths that are shaped like small flaps or tags. These warts are typically the same color as the rest of the skin, and they most commonly grow on the face and neck.
  • Plantar Warts: a type of wart that grows on the bottom of the feet. Plantar warts are unique because they do not grow on top of the skin. Instead, plantar warts appear as a small hole surrounded by hardened skin. Plantar warts may become painful and make walking difficult.
  • Periungual Warts: an uncommon type of wart that grow underneath and around finger and toenails. These warts are uncomfortable and may disrupt nail growth.

The removal of warts is a small and quick in-office procedure. Depending on the type of wart you are experiencing, and where it is located, Dr. Schultz may recommend one of the following treatments:

  • Freezing: also known as cryotherapy, Dr. Schultz can remove a wart by applying liquid nitrogen to the wart. This treatment causes the dead tissue of the wart to slough off as the area heals. Cryotherapy is not a painful procedure, with many people reporting it feeling like a mild cold or burning sensation.
  • Injections: a treatment involving a small injection that kills the wart cells and causes the wart to dissipate over the course of a few weeks.
  • Surgery: a common method for removing warts where Dr. Schultz will remove the skin by excising the wart and a small amount of tissue surrounding it.
  • Laser Treatments: another method for removing warts, where the laser is used to cauterize the wart.
Depending on the type of wart you are experiencing, Dr. Schultz will recommend a removal method that is best for you.

While warts are typically benign, Dr. Schultz understands that they can be aesthetic concerning as well as uncomfortable. For this reason, he encourages people to schedule an appointment at Park Avenue Skin Care. At-home wart removal can be dangerous, cause the wart to spread, or overlook important signs of a more serious condition. Therefore, Dr. Schultz carefully examines the skin and recommends effective treatment options for wart removal.

After diagnosing the type of wart you have, Dr. Schultz will offer cryotherapy, surgical removal, or a laser treatment. Your skin will be carefully cleaned before the procedure to reduce the risk of spreading the wart. Cryotherapy and injections are fast procedures that cause minimal discomfort. Other types of wart removal, such as surgery and laser treatments, are minimally-invasive but may require some numbing to keep you comfortable.

Yes. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Coming into contact (via touch) with HPV can cause a wart to appear within two to six months.

If the wart is not completely removed, it may come back over time. However, as the Upper East Side's top dermatologist, Dr. Schultz is skilled at completely remove the warts.

No, warts are benign skin growths.

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