Warts may be harmless, but they certainly aren’t pretty. If you’re dealing with these unwanted skin growths, the team of board-certified dermatologists at Loucas Dermatology in New York City offer a number of treatments to help get rid of your warts, including laser therapy, liquid nitrogen, and chemical removal. Call the office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side or book an appointment online today to learn more.
Warts are growths that occur on the top layer of your skin. They’re benign, which means they’re not cancerous and relatively harmless, although they’re not very pretty to look at.
Anyone can get warts, but they’re more common in children and teenagers. You may also be at greater risk of getting warts if you have a weakened immune system or bite or pick at your nails.
Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). You contract the virus through an open cut or sore and once you have a wart on your body, you can easily spread it to other parts of your body.
Warts are also highly contagious and you can pass the virus to another person by holding hands or sharing a towel.
Not picking at your wart may help prevent it from spreading or affecting someone else. Keeping it dry also reduces the risk of the wart spreading.
To reduce your risk of getting warts, the team at Loucas Dermatology recommends you cover your feet when walking at the town pool or in a locker room shower. You should also avoid touching someone else's wart.
There are a number of different types of warts, including:
The team at Loucas Dermatology offer a range of treatment options to help get rid of your warts, including:
The team may first try to remove your warts with a chemical treatment, which causes a blister to form under your wart for easy removal.
Liquid nitrogen, also known as cryotherapy, is the most popular method used to treat warts. This type of treatment freezes off the wart and is often used as a method to get rid of common warts.
Laser therapy may be recommended if your warts don’t respond to other treatments.
If you want to know more about how the team at Loucas Dermatology can get rid of your warts, call today or book an appointment online.