Adult and Pediatric Dermatology
Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Forest Hills, NY
Warts are a common skin problem, affecting 33% of children and teenagers and 3-5% of adults. If you have one or more warts affecting your quality of life, don’t wait to seek professional help. At Adult and Pediatric Dermatology in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York, the team of medical dermatologists specializes in diagnosing and treating warts. Call the office today or click the online booking feature to make an appointment at the practice.
Warts Q & A
What are warts?
Warts are small, skin-colored growths that form on your hands, fingers, and/or feet. They’re caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Warts affect people of all ages, but they’re especially common in children and teenagers. Most warts go away on their own, but if yours are painful or make you feel self-conscious, make an appointment with the Adult and Pediatric Dermatology team.
What are the symptoms of warts?
Most warts are visible to the eye. They’re small, flesh-colored growths that are rough to the touch. Many warts have a black spot in the middle called the “seed.” The seed is a group of clotted blood vessels.
When should I see a dermatologist about warts?
Make an appointment with the Adult and Pediatric Dermatology team if your warts:
- Change color
- Return after at-home treatment
- Keep you from work or other activities
- Grow rapidly or are painful
You should also make an appointment at Adult and Pediatric Dermatology if you’re an adult and several warts appear suddenly. This could point to an underlying problem with your immune system.
Can warts be prevented?
You can do several things to significantly reduce your risk of developing warts. The Adult and Pediatric Dermatology team recommends:
- Avoiding direct contact with warts
- Not picking at or scratching your warts
- Avoiding bad habits like biting your fingernails
- Not sharing nail clippers, emery boards, or nail files with others
If you regularly use public facilities, like locker rooms or saunas, it’s also a good idea to wear shoes and/or socks to prevent exposure to HPV.
How are warts diagnosed?
To diagnose warts, your Adult and Pediatric Dermatology provider reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and examines your warts. They might also take a skin biopsy if they suspect that the growth is something other than a wart.
During a skin biopsy, your provider removes a small piece of the wart and sends it to a lab for analysis. Technicians at the lab look at your sample under a microscope to rule out other potential growths.
How are warts treated?
The Adult and Pediatric Dermatology team offers several outpatient treatments for warts. Depending on your age, medical history, and the number of warts you have, your provider could recommend:
- Prescription peeling medication (salicylic acid)
- Minor surgery
- Laser treatment
If you have a weakened immune system or diabetes, the team might recommend a combination of treatments to reduce your risk of developing an infection.
To receive treatment for warts, make an appointment today at Adult and Pediatric Dermatology by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature.