Wart Treatment in Delray Beach, FL
Rough, typically skin-colored growths that appear above the skin are referred to as warts. Most warts develop as a result of trauma or injury to the affected area, but others manifest as a symptom of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts caused by this virus are easily spread through physical contact.
Warts most commonly occur on the hands, but they can also affect the feet, face, genitals, or limbs. If you’re in the Delray Beach area and suspect that you have a wart, it’s important to book an appointment to be seen by one of our experts. Our Board-Certified team will be able to diagnose and treat the wart as part of your personalized treatment plan.
Where is your wart?
Warts on hands: The most common of wart locations. These types of warts can disappear on their own, but it's important to get them looked at by a board-certified dermatologist.
Warts on feet: Plantar warts are warts that develop on the bottom of the feet - mostly in spots of the feet that carry the most weight. If you have a history of plantar wants, keep an eye out for calluses on the feet as these may be caused by the wart growing inward. Warts on the feet are particularly susceptible to pain and tenderness. Periungual and subungual warts grow around or beneath fingernails and toenails.
Genital warts: Warts in the genital area are usually sexually transmitted. Some warts will appear only weeks after contact with the transmitter, others may take months to form. Treatments for these types of warts are available, although, once the area is treated, it is still possible to further transmit the virus that caused the warts to others.
Who might get warts?
Children may be more prone to wart exposure in school or parks. Elderly people, people with autoimmune diseases, or people with compromised immune systems are also vulnerable to the virus that causes warts. That being said, anyone can get warts.
Are warts contagious?
Warts are usually caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus may pass from one person to another or from one area of the body to another through:
- Touching the wart up close
- Touching surfaces that have been exposed to an active HPV infection
- Cuticle plucking, nail biting, and sharing towels or razors with someone who has HPV
Diagnosing a wart:
Contact Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery to diagnose and treat your wart. Our team may perform a biopsy for testing depending on the wart’s appearance.
How are warts managed or treated?
Warts can appear and disappear on their own - but warts can also spread and impact your pain-level or appearance. There are a variety of treatment options that we use at our state-of-the-art facility in Delray Beach, FL.
- Using liquid nitrogen, the doctor can freeze a wart using cryotherapy. After your visit, a blister will develop where the wart once was, and the blister will eventually fall off.
- Prescription topical creams can be applied to a wart, causing it to go away.
- Lasers can heat the fluid within the wart, killing the viral cells and causing the wart to “die.”
- Depending on the type of wart, excision may be used to cut it out.
When in doubt, get your wart checked out. Book an appointment here.