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Warts

Medical Dermatology & Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology in Fenton, Chesterfield and O'Fallon, MO

Warts services offered in Fenton, Chesterfield and O'Fallon, MO

Fleshy growths, often with dark black spots, are warts and quite contagious. At Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center in Fenton, Chesterfield, and O’Fallon, Missouri, expert dermatologists can remove your warts with procedures in the office and provide tips to help you stop them from spreading. Explore your treatment options for warts by booking an appointment over the phone or online today.

Warts Q&A

What are warts?

Warts are fleshy skin growths that are often rough in texture. They come from a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV), which spreads through direct or indirect contact. 

You can get a wart from touching someone else’s wart or even one of your own. You can also pick up the virus through tiny cuts on your feet while walking through locker rooms, public pools, and other barefoot settings. 

At Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center, the team examines and diagnoses warts on a regular basis. They also offer tips for preventing new warts, like wearing sandals in public areas and never sharing personal items like hats or razors. 

Warts eventually go away on their own, but having one can be a major source of inconvenience or insecurity. Fortunately, there are treatments available to make your warts disappear faster. 

Where do warts tend to occur?

You can get a wart almost anywhere on your body, but there are certain areas where warts show up more often than others. The team at Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center often treats these common wart types:

 

Plantar warts

Plantar warts are warts on the soles of your feet that are uniquely flat instead of raised. That is because you place pressure on them when you stand or walk. These are the warts you tend to get from public pools, locker rooms, and showers. 

 

Genital warts

Genital warts spread through sexual contact. HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and warts are a sign of the infection. They can occur on your genitals or around your anus. 

How are warts treated?

The team at Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center strives to remove warts in a timely manner using the latest techniques available. While the wart probably won’t disappear immediately following treatment, you can speed up its removal with procedures like:

  • Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen
  • Topical medications and chemicals
  • Electrocautery
  • Surgical excision
  • Skin lasers

There is also a vaccine against HPV that can help prevent genital warts. The team makes other basic recommendations for preventing the spread of warts as you wait for them to go away, like using condoms and keeping your feet clean and dry. 

Learn more about all types of warts and how to remove them by calling Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center or booking an appointment online today.

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