By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
March 29, 2017
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: warts  

If you have a wart find out how they happen and what your options are for treating it.warts

Warts are completely benign growths that when they appear won’t often cause children or adults much of an issue. However, there are some instances in which warts can be in rather embarrassing or uncomfortable spots. In this case, our doctor, Dr. Awa Igbinadolor in Monroe, NC, has options for treating your wart or warts. Find out more about warts and what your treatment options are.

Warts will often just go away on their own, but it takes times. In fact, it can take several years for a wart to go away, so if you are finding your wart unattractive or uncomfortable you do have other ways to get rid of it more quickly.

Over-the-Counter Products

You can head to your local drugstore and check out the different wart products available to you. Sometimes they have options that are similar to what you will get from your skin doctor except they aren’t always as fast acting. After all, your dermatologist has received extensive training to be able to use products safely and effectively. The medications used won’t be as strong if you find them over-the-counter, but they may still do the trick.

Seeing Your Doctor

If the wart is constantly irritated or if your child has one on their face this warrants a trip to visit our dermatologist for treatment. Don’t try to treat these warts at home, as this could just irritate your skin and make things worse. If you have diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, you’ll also want to visit us right away so that we can provide you with the proper wart treatment.

There are a few different ways that we treat warts including:

  • Cryotherapy: Freezing the wart is a popular treatment and one that works well. It’s relatively painless and only takes a few minutes to complete.
  • Medication: We may prescribe certain medications that contain ingredients like retinoid, which help remove layers of the skin to shed the wart.
  • Chemical peels: There are some types of chemical peels that can help kill and safely remove the wart. Common chemical peels include ones that contain glycolic acid or tretinoin.
  • Surgery: In some instances, we will perform laser surgery or use a scalpel to remove the wart.

If you are dealing with painful or unsightly warts then it’s time you reached out to your doctor, Dr. Awa Igbinadolor in Monroe, NC, to find out what to do. Not everyone wants to wait for a wart to go away on its own. Find out what treatment is the best one for you.

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