What are Warts?

human papilloma virusesWarts are caused by a group of viruses known as the human papilloma viruses. They are skin growths that often appear on the hands and feet but can appear anywhere on the body. They are contagious and spread by direct contact with the affected individual.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are a subtype of warts that appear on the soles.

Genital Warts

Genital warts are a subtype of warts that appear in the genitalia including the buttock region (occasionally in the mouth area). They are classified as a sexually transmitted disease. Not everyone exposed to the virus through sexual contact will contract genital warts. Education about the prevention and transmission of genital warts is critical.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Early diagnosis and treatment of warts is important (especially with genital warts) because not only are they very transmissible (can be passed on to another person) but subtypes of these viruses can cause potentially life threatening cancers in some cases.

A dermatologist is specially trained to diagnose and treat these skin viruses in the most effective and safe fashion.

Treatments can include:

  • Topical medications
  • Destructive therapies including cryosurgery and electrofulguration
  • Immune modulators
  • Surgical excision
  • Lasers

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