As a child, you may have been warned to not touch toads or frogs because you might get warts. Though that's a myth, you can get warts from touching certain things or people. Warts are skin aberrations that are not only hard to look at but also may be hard to remove. Let Dr. Alpesh Desai and Dr. Tejas Desai handle your warts at one of Heights Dermatology & Aesthetic Center's 22 locations in Texas and North Carolina.

What Causes Warts?

Warts are a skin infection caused by a virus called HPV (human papillomavirus). HPV can be transmitted through touch or sexual contact with an infected person. Protect other areas of your skin from warts; it is a contagious skin condition. You can scratch a wart, then scratch another area, and develop warts there as well. Though skin warts are most common in children, older people can also struggle with this skin condition. They usually form on the hands, face, and feet (plantar warts), as these are commonly touched or scratched.

Identifying a Wart

Warts look like abnormal skin growths that can be flesh-colored, darker, or lighter. They may contain tiny black dots caused by broken blood vessels. Warts can crust over or become flaky, but they may still be contagious. Warts are different from pimples, ulcers, or growths—they are hard and not filled with fluid, so they cannot be popped, but can spread. 

Treating a Wart Successfully

A doctor must administer specific treatments for warts to eliminate the source of the problem and reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Some ways your dermatologist can successfully treat your warts include: 

  • Cryosurgery (freezing cells with liquid nitrogen) 
  • Application of a topical solution called salicylic acid 
  • Surgical removal 
  • Laser removal 
  • Electrosurgery (heat treatment) 

Get Rid of Warts Before They Spread

Since warts are contagious and can spread to other areas and people, it's important to get this issue under control immediately. Call today to schedule an examination with Dr. Desai or Dr. Desai at one of Heights Dermatology & Aesthetic Center's 22 locations