Find out how our dermatologist can treat your warts in Bexley, OH.
Old wives tales and folklore made us believe that touching frogs could cause warts, but we all know that this isn’t the case. So, what does cause warts? The human papillomavirus (HPV) does. This infection enters the body through cuts in the skin, where it then forms this hard, painless growth. While warts are contagious they are completely benign; however, if you are dealing with persistent or multiple warts then you may just want to turn to our Bexley, OH, dermatologists Dr. Matthew Zirwas and Dr. Jill Fichtel to help you get rid of them.
Managing Your Warts
It’s true that warts can go away by themselves once our immune system starts fighting back. As the immune system learns how to fight this infection this decreases the chances of developing warts in the future; however, there are some people who still deal with persistent warts despite this.
There are at-home treatment options that may help reduce the appearance of the wart over time. Some options include over-the-counter wart removals that contain salicylic acid. If you have diabetes and develop a wart it’s important that you don’t try to treat the problem on your own. You should turn to a skin doctor in Bexley, OH, to help you treat the wart.
Getting a Wart Removed
If the wart is painful, in an uncomfortable place or if you are just embarrassed by the wart then you may not want to wait for the wart to go away on its own, which can take years. Our dermatologist offers several approaches to wart removal such as:
- Freezing the wart (cryotherapy)
- Cantharidin treatment (a topical solution)
- Electrosurgery (burning the wart)
- Excision (Cutting out the wart)
- Laser treatment (for persistent cases)
- Immunotherapy (for difficult cases)
Since HPV infection causes warts this is something that you can possibly prevent from happening. If a family member has a wart it’s important that you don’t share toilets, clothes, or other items that have come in contact with the wart. Wear flip-flops every time you use a public locker room, shower, or community pool. If you do develop a wart do not pick at it, as this can cause the wart to spread.
While we know that you don’t often think about visiting the dermatologist when you aren’t dealing with issues, we do hope that when warts, acne, or other skin problems arise that you turn to our Bexley, OH, skin specialists for care. Call Bexley Dermatology today to schedule an appointment or to ask about our services.