Many of us are familiar with warts. They are a nuisance but may also cause pain and affect function especially if they happen to grow on the hands, feet or other pressure bearing areas. I have seen them occur on a variety of places including the hands, feet, trunk, neck, eyelids, lips, groin, genitals and even inside the mouth. Warts come in many different varieties and they are caused by many different subtypes of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This means that they are spread through contact. You can spread warts from one part of your body to the other, especially if you have any nicks or tears in the skin. There are as many different types of warts as there are plants in your garden (there are over 100 subtypes of HPV). Some types of warts are more common than others.
There are different types of warts:
Many different treatments exist for warts including freezing (liquid nitrogen), blistering agents (Cantheridin), injections (Candida, methotrexate), surgical destruction, creams, laser, and over-the-counter treatments. Your dermatologist will guide you through the best treatment options for your warts. Just be patient because repeat treatments may be needed and not all warts respond the same. Certain warts can predispose an individual to skin cancer so it is best to see Dr. Al Dabagh or your doctor especially if you have a longstanding history of warts.