Warts New York City
What Causes Warts?
Warts are harmless skin growths caused by a virus. Warts can grow on any part of the body. Their appearance depends on their location. On the face and tops of the hands warts protrude, while on such pressure areas as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet they are pushed inward.
Warts on the bottoms of the feet (called plantar warts) grow inward from the pressure of standing and walking and are often painful. Warts have a rough surface on which tiny dark specks (blood vessels) can often be seen. Warts are common and can be a nuisance. They may bleed if injured. Since warts are caused by a virus, they are contagious. Warts may spread on the body since a wart is the source of a virus that can seed other areas. We don’t know why some persons get warts easily while others never get them. There is no way to prevent warts. People have been trying to cure warts for thousands of years. The “success” of folk remedies for warts is due to the fact that warts often disappear by themselves, especially in young children. This spontaneous disappearance is less common in older children and adults. Office Treatment There is no single perfect treatment of warts, since we are unable to kill the virus. Treatment consists of destroying the wart. Warts can be destroyed with surgery, lasers, by freezing with liquid nitrogen, electrodessication and curretage, bleomycin injections, or with chemicals. The treatment to be used on your warts depends on their location, size, your type of skin, and the duration the wart has been present. Sometimes new warts may form while existing ones are being destroyed. Warts may return weeks or months after an apparent cure. Don’t become concerned if a wart recurs. Please make an appointment for a return visit. The treatment will be repeated or modified to destroy the wart.