Warts are one of the most common skin issues that bring patients to the dermatologist. Warts are benign skin growths that are caused by the human papillomavirus (better known as HPV). They can be unsightly and cause embarrassment. Warts are also contagious and can be spread easily through contact with other areas of your skin or onto other people’s skin, which prompts people to want to have them removed immediately. While there are many over the counter (OTC) wart removal treatments, the best wart treatments that offer the quickest and safest removal are offered via the dermatologist. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and licensed clinical physician assistants are experienced in the treatment of wart removal. We use a variety of wart treatments to efficiently treat and rid of warts.
The Best Way to Remove Warts
During your wart removal appointment, we will talk you through the best ways to remove and treat warts. The most widely used wart removing treatments are cryotherapy, injections, or the use of topical prescription medications. During cryotherapy, your wart is quickly frozen off with liquid nitrogen. This method is preformed incredibly fast and virtually painless. With cryotherapy, there is no risk of scarring and healing time is very quick. It’s important to note that cryotherapy will not kill the human papillomavirus, it merely released to adjacent tissue and is then killed by your body’s immune system. Your healthcare provider will discuss the different wart removal methods with you to determine which plan of action is most appropriate. For those who are not candidates for cryotherapy, we recommend injections of Cantharidin for wart removal, which will cause the skin under the wart to blister and will help to lift the wart off the skin.
Wart Removal Cream
Topical medications can be extremely effective in wart removal—as long as they are given under the guidance of a dermatologist. Retinoid creams will help disrupt the skin cell growth of the wart and thereby get rid of the wart. It’s important to obtain a prescription retinoid for wart removal and not just pick up a retinol cream at the drug store, as it’s not the same thing. Salicylic acid is the best known over the counter wart removal treatment, and while it can be effective, it takes a lot of patience and compliance for it to really work. The affected area needs to be cleansed properly and the salicylic acid needs to be applied in the correct way, with an occlusive dressing left on top to ensure it is getting properly absorbed into the skin.
Plantar Wart Removal
Plantar warts are the most painful of all types of warts, as they are located on the bottoms of the feet. Plantar wart removal can be tricky since the wart itself is located beneath the skin’s surface. The best removal method for plantar warts is to make an appointment with one of our licensed skin care specialists. You should never try and remove a wart on your own.