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:
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:
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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