Warts are a highly contagious skin condition caused by a viral infection that’s often spread through skin-to-skin contact. If you have concerns about a skin growth you suspect is a wart, contact Lumos Dermatology® to schedule an appointment with one of the board-certified dermatologists. Without proper treatment, warts can turn into a big problem. Call the office in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York City, or use the online booking button to schedule your appointment today.
Warts are noncancerous skin growths that develop when your skin comes in contact with human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are often skin-colored and bumpy, but they can also be smooth or dark.
Anyone can get warts, but they’re most often seen in children and teens and people with a weakened immune system. You are also at an increased risk of contracting the viral infection if you bite your nails. Open wounds and cuts make you more vulnerable to the infection.
Warts are spread most often by skin-to-skin contact. However, you can also contract or transmit the virus if a wart comes in contact with shared items, such as a towel or doorknob. Warts are also spread through sexual contact.
There are several types of warts that are classified by where they grow on the body and what they look like. Types of warts include:
Common warts often appear on the face and hands. These warts are usually rough and may be skin-colored, with a notable black dot that looks like a tiny seed.
Plantar warts grow on the soles of your feet. These warts grow inward and may make it feel as though you have a pebble in your shoe. Plantar warts tend to grow in clusters.
Flat warts are small and smooth, and can occur anywhere on your body. You can have as many as 100 flat warts at a time.
Filiform warts look like threads growing out from your skin and are found on your face or fingers. These warts grow very quickly.
Warts contracted through sexual contact are referred to as genital warts and appear on your genitals.
The board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® can determine if your skin growth is a wart, along with the type, during your consultation. However, if there’s any doubt about what the growth is, the team may take a biopsy and send it for testing.
Warts can go away on their own. However, if your warts cause pain or you have several, the experienced dermatology team at Lumos Dermatology® can help. Treatment options for your warts include:
For hard-to-treat warts, the team may suggest laser treatment or a chemical peel.
Despite the many effective treatment options for removing your warts, it’s possible your warts may return and you’ll need repeated treatment.
To get help with your warts, contact Lumos Dermatology® by phone or online today.