Learn About Treatment for Warts at Aurora
What are Warts?
Warts are skin growths caused by a virus that infects the epidermis (top layer of the skin). They are often raised, rough and the same color as your skin, but warts also can be dark in color and flat or smooth. There are many viruses that cause warts, and they all fall into the category of human papillomaviruses, otherwise known as HPV. Note: the vaccine that prevents certain types of HPV will not prevent most skin warts.
Although warts most commonly grow on the hands and feet, they can grow anywhere on the body.
The HPV virus that causes warts is contagious. All contagious warts can spread from someone who has them through direct skin-to-skin contact. You also may be able to get warts if you touch a surface that has been in contact with a wart.
How are Warts Treated?
Sometimes, warts will go away without treatment. And because warts are harmless, they don’t require treatment. However, many people find them unattractive and want them removed. People also consider removing warts so they don’t spread to other people.
We recommend making an appointment with an Aurora dermatologist if:
- You have a wart or warts that do not go away on their own
- The warts are painful or sore
- You have more than one wart
Wart Treatments at Aurora
Aurora Health Care dermatologists treat warts in many ways. Your treatment will be determined by a number of factors, including your age and overall health and the type of wart(s) you have.
Aurora Health Care wart treatments may include:
- Cantharidin: This wart treatment involves coating your wart(s) with a solution called cantharidin, which causes a blister to form underneath your wart. After about a week, you will return to Aurora and your dermatologist will cut away the dead wart.
- Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy is a medical term for freezing. It’s the most common type of wart treatment. Although you will feel a cool sensation, cryotherapy should not be painful. It is possible that you will need more than one treatment to fully remove your wart(s).
- Electrosurgery and curettage: Electrosurgery involves burning the warts followed by scrapping them off (curetting).
- Excision: Your dermatologist may choose to remove your warts by excising them (cutting them off).
- Laser treatment: Laser treatments for warts may be used if other treatments have failed. During laser treatment, your dermatologist will use lasers to remove the warts from your skin.
- Chemical peels: Flat warts often appear in groups, in which case, peeling the entire affected area of skin may be the most effective treatment. Chemical peels will remove the top layers of skin, which should also remove the warts.
- Immunotherapy: There are two types of immunotherapy sometimes used to treat warts. Most dermatologists reserve immunotherapy for warts that haven’t responded to other treatments. Immunotherapies use your own immune system to fight the virus that causes the warts. One type of immunotherapy involves applying a chemical to the warts, which causes a mild allergic reaction around the treatment areas. The reaction may cause the warts to disappear. Another immunotherapy option involves injection of canida to help boost your body’s natural immune defenses, giving your body the ability to fight the hpv virus causing your warts.
Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care for Wart Treatment?
When it comes to caring for your skin, you want the best. And, at Aurora, our dermatologists are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced wart care treatments available.
Because Aurora dermatologists work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, we can offer you so much more than simple dermatology care. At Aurora, you’ll get:
- Expertise: Dermatologists always treat your warts.
- Innovation: You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology.
- Network of physicians: Being part of the Aurora network gives you access to specialized care for all of your health care needs.
- Attention to you: At Aurora, you’re never just another patient. You’re an important part of your health care team. No matter which treatment you choose for your warts, your dermatologist will take time to discuss options with you and answer your questions before your treatment begins, giving you peace of mind.
How do I Schedule a Consultation with a Dermatologist?
To schedule a consultation or appointment with a dermatologist at Aurora, call one of the dermatology offices directly. View the list of Aurora dermatologists.