Do you have skin warts? Are you worried they may be more than just a wart and need to be treated with more than a simple procedure or over-the-counter ointment? Your Milford, CT, dermatologist, Dr. Marco Petrazzuoli, can help
What are warts?
They are small skin growths, usually harmless, that appear on feet and hands mostly. Different types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) cause warts that take different shapes; some have a flat and smooth appearance, while others are dome or cauliflower-shaped. They also vary in color and affect people of all ages. The color and shape differ from one person to another, and, as mentioned before, are typically harmless. They're painless, noncancerous, and can go away with time, without any treatment.
What types of warts are there?
The location often identifies the specific type of wart, and, while warts may disappear without treatment, eliminating them may take time, depending on the type.
Filiform Warts: The long, narrow wart is flesh-colored and stalk-shaped and manifests on the face, lips, neck, or eyelids.
Common Warts: This wart is dome-shaped and also skin-colored, but varies in size, from as small as a pinhead to about 10 millimeters. You'll probably find them on your toes, back of fingers, and knees.
Flat Warts: The wart may be either skin-colored or white and appears on the face and forehead. They usually appear in multiples and are common in teens and children.
How can you treat warts?
Self-treatment should work within four to 12 weeks, but if it doesn't you'll need to contact your dermatologist. They'll assess your warts and recommend a treatment if over-the-counter treatments don't work.
Here are some treatments:
- Salicylic acid preparations
- Nonprescription freezing products
- Laser surgery
For more information about warts, call your Milford, CT, dermatology office. Call (203) 301-5860 to schedule an appointment today!