If you are dealing with recurring warts it might be time to see a dermatologist in Buffalo, NY.
Warts are benign and often painless skin-colored growths that can develop anywhere on the skin. While anyone can develop warts at any time, it’s more commonly found in children. Warts are caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV), which gets into cuts in the skin where the cells then multiple causing a hard bump to form. You may choose to visit our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist Dr. Anthony Dee immediately to treat the problem but if it isn’t causing you issues you may choose to wait it out.
If your wart isn’t unsightly or in a very obvious place then you may choose to wait for it to go away on its own; however, you may also choose an over-the-counter wart removal treatment to speed up the process.
When should I see a dermatologist?
While some people will get results with over-the-counter wart removal options there are others who may need to see their Buffalo, NY, skin doctor for treatment. You should give your dermatologist a call if:
- You are dealing with multiple warts
- Warts continue to develop or get worse
- The warts are in uncomfortable areas such as your feet
- They are in a visible or sensitive area such as the face
- You feel embarrassed by your warts
- Warts begin to itch, burn, or bleed
Since HPV is contagious, it is important that you don’t pick at the wart or share items with someone who’s infected, and that you always wear shoes in public areas like locker rooms and gym showers.
How will a dermatologist treat my warts?
The treatment you receive will depend on the location, size, and number of warts. It’s important to know that even with effective treatment, warts may still return. Some treatment options include:
- Salicylic acid solution
- Simple excision
- Laser therapy
If you or your child is having trouble getting rid of warts then call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, today to find out what we can do to help.