SunWise Family Dermatology & Surgery
Dermatology Practice & Surgeons located in Middletown, DE & Dover, DE
While warts are mostly harmless, these bumps and growths are irritating, at best. At SunWise Family Dermatology & Surgery, Jennifer LaRusso, DO, and Gerard W. Stroup, PA-C use a wide range of treatments to eliminate warts without leaving scars. From traditional methods, such as cryotherapy and surgical removal, to innovative, cutting-edge techniques, they can get rid of your warts once and for all. If you live in or near Middletown, Delaware, and need a dermatologist experienced in wart removal, call SunWise Family Dermatology & Surgery today to schedule your appointment. You can even book it online.
Warts Q & A
What causes warts?
Warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus infects the top layer of your skin. You’re most likely to contract HPV if you have a cut or open wound on your skin, which is why warts commonly occur on the hands, knees, and feet.
HPV, like other viruses, is contagious and warts can spread by direct contact with the skin growth or by contacting something that a wart previously touched.
How do you know if your skin growth is a wart?
Not all skin growths are warts. Most warts feel rough and are the color of your skin. Sometimes they may appear brown or grayish and have a smooth, flat look.
Common warts, which develop on your fingers and hands, look like small, grainy bumps and have a rough texture. They may be the color of your skin, white, pink, or tan, and sometimes they have a black dot in the middle of them.
How are warts treated?
Depending on your unique situation, Dr. LaRusso and Gerry may recommend a variety of treatments to remove your warts, including:
- Cryotherapy (freezing)
- Surgical removal
- Chemical destruction
- Laser treatment
Should all warts be removed?
Warts are benign, and if they don’t cause discomfort, removing them is unnecessary. Often, they go away on their own.
Under some circumstances, your warts may lead to other issues, and Dr. LaRusso may suggest removal. Such instances include:
- Warts are painful or inflamed
- You haven’t seen had success with over-the-counter treatments
- Growths interfere with activities
- Your immune system is weakened
Removing a wart doesn’t guarantee that it won’t return. In some cases, the same growth reappears or new warts may form. Dr. LaRusso works to eliminate this as much as possible by boosting your immune system, so your body naturally fights off the virus that causes warts.
If you have a wart that needs removed or have a skin growth that you’re not sure if it’s a wart or not, contact the wart specialists. Call the office to schedule your appointment with Dr. LaRusso or Gerry. You can even book online.