A wart is a benign growth caused by the human papillomavirus. Children are more likely to develop warts than are adults simply because their immune systems aren’t fully developed yet and are, thus, less able to fight off the different types of human papillomavirus. In many cases, a person develops a wart when the virus enters the skin through a small cut or other minor injury. The resultant infection causes the wart to grow. The virus is contagious, which means it can be spread from person to person or from one part of the body to another. In addition, any wart can become a “mother wart” that produces more warts. Thankfully, wart removal is readily available right here at DermaNuva Skin & Health Care.
When Should Somebody Seek Professional Treatment?
There are over-the-counter treatments that can help with warts. Salicylic acid solutions or plasters are among the more effective. Liquid butane, which works by freezing the wart, can treat smaller warts. If the wart doesn’t get better after trying these treatments, it’s time to seek professional help. If the wart actually gets worse, it’s definitely time.
How are Warts Treated?
There are different types of wart removal treatments available. Especially when treating a child, a medical professional will make sure to try the least invasive treatments first. At DermaNuva Skin & Health Care, we have seen great results using laser treatments for wart removal.
Laser treatments have the advantage of causing the least amount of scarring. Most patients will need multiple treatments to completely get rid of the wart. For the treatment, we will administer a local anesthetic. We will then use an erbium laser, which is more precise and can heat a smaller area than other lasers. The heat from the laser will destroy the blood vessels feeding the wart, and it will kill the virus that was causing it.