Suffering From Warts?

Warts are benign (non-cancerous) skin growths appearing on top of the skin. Warts result from different forms of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and occur in people of all ages. HPV is contagious and can spread from person to person and from one part of the body to another. There's no cure, but prevention and treatment are available. The best way to prevent warts is to have our dermatologist at Dermatologic Center for Excellence treat new warts in Buffalo, NY, or Clarence, NY, as soon as they emerge. There are several types of warts, distinguished by where they grow and how they look on the body. Below we'll describe some signs and symptoms of warts and what the causes might be.

What to Know When Suffering From Warts

If you have warts, here's what you should know:

Warts commonly develop on the hands and feet. Children, teenagers, people who bite nails or pick at their hangnails, and people with a weakened immune system are more likely to contract a wart virus (HPV). Those suffering may notice growths on the backs of the hands or feet, fingers, or toes. Warts also develop around broken skin and may have black dots that look like seeds (often called "seed" warts). Warts often feel like rough bumps and may also appear on the face and forehead. Our dermatologist can discuss effective treatment options for stubborn warts after performing a physical exam. Treatment may include cryotherapy, freezing products, or non-invasive surgery.

When over-the-counter, lifestyle, and home remedies fail, one of our dermatologists will examine your warts and advise you on the best treatment option. Always consult with a dermatologist if a wart causes pain, changes in color or appearance, or develops in the genital area. Please call (716) 759-7759 for more information about warts in Buffalo, NY, or Clarence, NY, or to schedule an appointment at Dermatologic Center for Excellence.

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