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 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.
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.
Make an appointment with the Adult and Pediatric Dermatology team if your warts:
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.
You can do several things to significantly reduce your risk of developing warts. The Adult and Pediatric Dermatology team recommends:
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.
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.
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:
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.