Common Wart (hand)

Warts are benign lesions characterized by thick, scaly, keratotic papules commonly found on the hands, feet, elbows and knees among other locations.

What Is the Cause of a Plantar Wart, Common Wart and Genital Wart?

Cutaneous warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Various strains of HPV cause different types of warts, including the common wart, plantar wart on the soles of feet, the flat wart and genital wart. Warts are common in children and young adults, immunocompromised individuals and those who have chronic skin conditions like eczema. Some occupations that involve handling meat, fish, or poultry may place a patient at higher risk of developing warts. Transmission occurs through skin-to-skin contact. HPV can infect healthy skin, but skin injured by minor trauma is even more susceptible.

Plantar Wart
What Are the Signs and Symptoms

What Are the Signs and Symptoms?

Warts commonly present as thick, raised, rough and scaly papules or plaques. However, flat warts appear as small, smooth bumps on the skin. Warts are often asymptomatic but can become painful and irritated especially if they are in a location that is prone to repeated friction, pressure or trauma such as the bottom of the foot. Warts can pose a cosmetic concern for patients and may affect nail growth if they surround or underlie the nail bed. Certain types of skin cancer and other cutaneous lesions can look similar to warts which is why it is important to be evaluated by a trained dermatologist.

What Is the Treatment?

There are various wart treatment modalities available for different types of warts. Selection of the appropriate wart treatment option is dependent on the number of lesions, the anatomical location, the size of the wart, and the body’s response to any prior therapies tried. Topical therapies include salicylic acid in liquid or patch form, Cantharidin, and imiquimod cream. Another effective treatment option is cryotherapy which involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen. Occasionally the wart may require debulking of the thickened skin with a curette before freezing the area with liquid nitrogen.

Warts may also be injected with Candida antigen or removed by shave excision. Removal by shave excision is usually reserved for singular lesions as creating an open wound on the skin increases the risk of infection. All forms of treatment are aimed at stimulating an immune response from the patient’s body that will recognize the causative virus and attack it.

Warts can be persistent and often require multiple treatments for complete resolution, especially warts found on the soles of feet and surrounding the nail bed. It is important to avoid picking or scratching at warts as this can spread the virus and cause new wart growth on other areas of the body. The HPV vaccine can help protect against certain strains of HPV known to cause genital warts.

Contact us Today!

Our physicians at REJUVA Dermatology and Vein Center are experts in identifying different types of warts and the best treatment recommendations. Contact us to book a consultation at our Venice, FL office for the most appropriate wart treatment and care.

Dr. Golta Rasouli

Dr. Golta Rasouli is a double board-certified and fellowship-trained vein specialist and physician. Patients are consistently pleased with her comprehensive treatment for venous diseases and other skin conditions. Dr. Rasouli’s extensive publication record complements her outstanding Google Reviews, reflecting her expertise and patient-centered approach.

Dr. Sean Mazloom

Dr. Sean Mazloom is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with stellar Google Reviews. He is also one of few Mohs surgeons in Sarasota County where he provides exceptional treatment and care to thousands of patients struggling with complex skin cancers, skin conditions, and cosmetic concerns.

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