Finding a dermatologist in Savannah, GA, provides the confidence you need for safe wart removal. Dr. Adam Pritzker of Savannah Dermatology Clinic has the experience you are looking for.
What is a Wart?
A wart is a non-cancerous growth on the top layer of the skin that is caused by a virus. The virus that causes it is the human papillomavirus (HPV). This is a contagious virus. It is not uncommon for warts to spread. Warts are usually skin-colored and rough in texture. In some cases, though, they are dark brown or grayish-black and smooth.
Types of Warts
Common warts- These warts are found most often on the hands and fingers. They are usually found where the skin is broken, especially where the fingernails are chewed or where there are hangnails. Common warts feel rough and sometimes have little black dots. Since they are contagious, keeping the hands away from the face is a good idea.
Plantar warts- Plantar warts are usually found on the bottom of the feet. They are often in a clump and tend to grow inward since walking applies pressure to them. They can make walking very uncomfortable and actually painful.
Flat warts-This type of wart is usually small and smooth and comes in multiples, anywhere from 25-100. With children, most often it is on their face.
Filiforn warts-These warts grow quickly and often on the face, around the nose, the face, and the lips. They look like long thin fingers.
Nobody wants to keep their warts. Seeing a dermatologist in Savannah, GA, may be called for if your warts don't go away on their own. Dermatologists have several treatments for safe wart removal. The treatment depends on the age of the patient and the type of warts.
- Paint the wart with cantharidin. It is a burn agent that causes a blister to form under the wart. When you return to the doctor, your wart will be dead and can be clipped away.
- The wart can be frozen with cryotherapy. This is the most popular treatment. You may need more than one treatment.
- Electrosurgery burns the wart off and works on all types but flat warts.
- Curettage is scrapping the wart off. It is often used together with electrosurgery.
If the warts are difficult to remove, there are additional treatment options available. Laser treatments and chemical peels are the most common. Chemical peels are usually used on flat warts.
Dr. Pritzker of Savannah Dermatology Clinic is the dermatologist in Savannah, GA, to see. Give the office a call at 912-352-8974 to set up a consultation.