What are warts?

October 13, 2018

Warts are small noncancerous growths that appear when your skin is infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. The virus triggers extra cell growth, which makes the outer layer of skin thick and hard in that spot. They are more common on your hands or feet. Due to different immune systems not everyone who comes in contact with HPV will get a wart. Warts may take months or many years for them to disappear. Some warts won't ever go away on their own.


Kids and teens get more warts than adults because their immune systems have not built up defenses against the many types of HPV. Warts are highly contagious and are mainly passed by direct skin contact, such as when you pick at your warts and then touch another area of your body.


Common warts and plantar warts:

Warts are generally small the size of a pea and feel like rough, hard bumps. They may have black dots that look like seeds, which are tiny blood clots. 


Genital warts:

They are small, scattered, skin-colored bumps or like a cluster of bumps like a little bit of cauliflower on your genitals and they can spread due to contact.


If you are not sure if what you have is a wart you should check with your doctor as some types of skin cancer may look like warts. You should also check with your doctor if you have many warts or if your warts are not going away. 


In our clinic we offer multiples treatments for warts such as cryotherapy, electrosurgery and nutritional guidance to improve your immune defense mechanisms. 


Give us a call today to make an appointment at: 503-477-8107



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