How To Treat Warts with Waters Edge Dermatology
It's a viral bump that comes up. It can typically go anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the hands and feet, sometimes in the genital area. Warts are bumps that come from a virus called the human papilloma virus. It's very common on the hands and the feet, but it can also go in other places on the body, including the genital area. The most common time in your life when you could get warts would be between the ages of 5 and 20, however they can occur at any age. It is a viral infection, but the virus does not go inside of the body. It stays on the surface of the skin. The most common problem with warts is more of a cosmetic issue; patients don't like the way they look or feel.
If they use their hands a lot and they have warts there and they don't like that. There's one exception to that, and that is with genital warts. Especially in women, warts can be potentially turning into something malignant or cancerous. So for those patients, they need to be monitored closely and evaluated routinely. There are approximately 100 typesof human papilloma virus, and if you haven't been exposed to one type, you could still get that wart as well. For overthecounter treatments, the most common are the salicylic acid treatments. They come in different percentages; anywhere from 17 percent and sometimes up to 40 percent.
They also sell some freezing mechanisms over the counter, but typically the strength of those are very low. They aren't able to give you something that's strong enough to really freeze it hard enough. So when you come see us, we have the more potent things, like liquid nitrogen, and things that you can't get over the counter that would work better. Candida antigen is an injection we can put into the wart itself, which initiates an immune response from the patient's body that helps to kill the virus, which also can be beneficial. There are some other treatments for younger children, something like cantharone, which is a medication that we apply in the office.
You leave it on for about an hour, wash it off and it causes a blister to form over the wart. Then, at home it kind of scabs over and falls off within about a week.