What is a wart?
A wart (or verruca) is a viral infection that grows on the epidermis, the outer layer of skin, extending to the outside of skin. A typical wart is a raised round or oval growth on the skin of hands and soles of feet with a rough surface. Flat warts can be found on the face. Warts on the soles of feet are called "plantar warts" and can be painful.
What causes warts?
A wart is a common skin condition caused by the human papillomavirus that appears most often on hands, fingers and bottoms of feet. A wart can be spread from one part of your body to another.
How do we treat a wart?
We can remove warts in one of several successful ways depending on the size and location of the wart:
- Paring: The superficial top of the wart is pared down with a scalpel. This may be done prior to other treatments.
- Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze warts, which kills the live virus. The excess dead tissue falls off, revealing new skin underneath.
- Topical treatment: Custom-compound medications are applied to kill superficial warts which will die, dry out and fall off over time.
What can I expect?
If you are predisposed to having warts, a new wart may appear in a different place at any time. Sometimes, cryotherapy may need to be repeated.
Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.