Dermatology encompasses a wide range of conditions, treatments, and procedures spanning cosmetic, medical, and aesthetic dermatology. From diagnosing and treating skin cancer to laser treatments, Botox, body sculpting, anti-aging, rashes, skin disorders and so many others, dermatologists must be knowledgeable in a very large number of conditions, disorders, and treatment options related to our largest organ – the skin. Dermatologists are required to stay on top of the latest clinical research in the field, learning new therapies and treatment options, and being fully aware of the available products and medications that provide the best results for patients with different skin types. Contact Compassion Dermatology to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in Southlake, TX.
Compassion Dermatology strives to provide the best care available in a relaxing setting, with a commitment to patient care. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the skin, hair or nails. Our dermatologists provide a wide range of dermatological services for our patients and their families. Warts are a common complaint that brings patients to a dermatologists office. But are you aware there are different types of warts? In addition, warts may be self-limiting and may not require treatment, especially those children experience. However, when warts are painful, persistent, or numerous in number, we encourage treatment by a dermatologist in Southlake, TX.
Warts are benign (non-cancerous) skin growths involving the outermost layers of the skin. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts can occur on any part of the body and are contagious. They are spread by contact with the wart, or an object or that touched the wart. It is easier to catch the virus that causes warts when there is an injury to the skin. Scratching, nail-biting, and shaving are common ways warts are spread on the body. Anyone can get warts, but children, teens, and people with a weakened immune system are more susceptible than others.
The appearance and where the wart grows on the body determines its sub type.
- Common warts typically grow on the fingers and hands. They are often raised, rough, and may have the appearance of black dots on the surface.
- Plantar warts grow on the bottom of the feet, are usually flat, and grow inward. They can cause pain with walking.
- Flat warts can occur anywhere on the body and grow in large numbers. They are usually skin-colored, slightly elevated, and flat on top. They tend to occur on the face in children, on the legs in women, and in a mans beard area.
- Periungual warts occur around the nails and have a cauliflower-like appearance.
- Genital warts occur on the genitalia of men and women, are sexually transmitted and are highly contagious.
Your doctor can often determine a wart vs. another type of growth with a visual examination. However, the doctor may want to use one or more of the following techniques:
- Scraping off the top layer of the wart
- Removing a small section of the wart for a biopsy to rule out other types of skin growths
Treatment options depend on the type of wart, your age and health. Treatments include cryotherapy (freezing), which may require several treatments. In addition, topical treatments may be used, for example, it is a common treatment for periungal warts, those occurring around the nails. Topical cream may be used for common warts that are difficult to treat, while topical retinoids are useful for flat warts. Your dermatologist in Southlake, TX may recommend a chemical peel for numerous warts. Hard to treat warts may be treated with immunotherapy. Other procedures for wart treatment include electrodessication and curettage, laser treatments, and surgical removal of persistent warts.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the virus that causes warts, and they may reoccur or develop in a new area. When they reoccur after treatment, it is often due to the wart shedding new cells in the area. Prompt treatment of new warts is the best means of preventing additional recurrences.
When to see a dermatologist in Southlake, TX
- When you suspect a growth is not a wart.
- Squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma may be confused with a wart. If the growth is red, scaly, crusty or a hard bump see a dermatologist in Southlake, TX for a correct diagnosis and treatment. If your doctor suspects the growth may be cancer, or other conditions requiring treatment, a skin biopsy may be performed.
- A wart on your face or genitals.
- The presence of numerous warts.
- Warts that are painful, itch, burn, or bleed.
- If you have a weakened immune system.
- If you have diabetes, never attempt to remove it yourself. See a dermatologist in Southlake, TX.
- If the wart is bothersome or interferes with activities.
- If you have provided self-treatment and the wart persists, spreads or recurs.
To prevent the spread of warts, your dermatologist in Southlake, TX recommends the following:
- Do not scratch or pick at warts.
- Wear flip-flops or pool shoes in public showers, locker rooms, and pool areas.
- Wash your hands after using shared equipment in a public gym.
- Do not touch someone’s wart.
- Keep warts on the feet dry to reduce the incidence of spreading.
Contact Compassion Dermatology today, to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in Southlake, TX. We provide personalized care for our valued patients, and offer professional services in a relaxing environment with a holistic approach for the best experience possible.