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It is estimated that about 33 percent of children and teens have warts, with that number dropping to three to five percent for adults. While warts are very common, they become less common as we age and our bodies adapt to fight off the viruses that cause them. Warts can resemble either a small blister or cauliflower, and can leave you self-conscious or embarrassed by their appearance. Dr. Clarence Wiley, Sr., a board-certified dermatologist, offers safe and effective wart treatment for patients of all skin colors and types. Whether a new wart has appeared, or you are ready to remove a wart you have had for years, the team at Beauty Thru Health Dermatology in Oklahoma City can help.
Warts are benign but many people are understandably bothered by their appearance.
Warts are small, painless growths, or bumps, that can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the hands and feet. Warts on the hand are referred to as palmar warts, while warts on the feet are known as plantar warts. These growths are more common in patients with a weakened immune system, as they are caused by certain strains of a common virus, human papillomavirus (HPV).
Typically, warts can be diagnosed by a simple visual examination. Most warts on the hands and feet will look like smooth blisters or rough cauliflower heads, but some warts are flattened, circular growths, while others, particularly those near the face and chest, appear as thin pegs.
Warts are small, painless growths, or bumps, that can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the hands and feet.
Dr. Wiley will also ask about symptoms of the growth, such as if pain or discomfort has been present and when it appeared. Other general health and lifestyle information can help determine whether or not the growth is a wart. In some cases, Dr. Wiley may also biopsy the growth.
Many warts disappear on their own. After five years, 90 percent of warts will have resolved naturally. However, most patients who have visible warts do not want to wait them out. Though usually painless and not detrimental to your overall health, warts can be embarrassing, and can also spread once one develops. Additionally, some patients suffer from painful symptoms associated with their warts, or have numerous warts. For these patients who desire treatment, Dr. Wiley offers fast and effective solutions to eliminate the growth and restore smooth, unblemished skin. Our range of treatments include:
o Cryotherapy: Frozen nitrogen can destroy the wart cells when sprayed directly onto the surface of the growth. The wart may blister and darken before becoming detached from the skin about a week later.
o Surgery: In more extreme cases, Dr. Wiley can surgically remove warts that are large or resistant to other treatments. Using lasers, Dr. Wiley can precisely remove the growth to help reduce potential scarring. Another form of surgical removal is called electrosurgery and curettage. During treatment, Dr. Wiley applies a hot instrument to the growth which burns the wart, allowing him to remove it from the skin’s surface in the same appointment.
o Other Treatments: Additional common removal techniques include salicylic acid ointments, antibiotics, retinoids or Vitamin A treatments, and immunotherapy treatments to aid the body in fighting off the wart itself.
If you are living with one or more warts that cause embarrassment, know that treatment is available. Our practice has been helping patients since 1981, and Dr. Wiley has been practicing since 1978. Our team’s years of experience mean we can recommend a treatment that will work for your unique situation, with minimal pain or long-term scarring. If you are interested in discussing wart removal with Dr. Wiley, contact our office online or call (405) 278-7911 to schedule your consultation.