Vanguard Dermatology

Dermatologists located throughout New York, NY

When warts affect your appearance, become painful, or spread, it’s time to have them evaluated and removed. The physicians at Vanguard Dermatology have several treatment options that are effective, even if your warts are hard to treat. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call one of their seven offices in New York City, Brooklyn, Forest Hills, and Staten Island, New York.

Warts Q & A

What Different Types of Warts Might I Develop?

Warts are caused by specific types of human papillomavirus that enter your skin through a small tear or sore. After about two to six months, a wart grows in the area where the virus took hold. Although warts are not cancerous, they are contagious and can be uncomfortable.

These are the types of warts you’re most likely to develop:

  • Common Warts: Common warts typically appear on your hands and fingers, but they can grow anywhere on your body. These gray or brown warts feel rough or scaly and may grow to about the size of a pea.
  • Plantar Warts: Plantar warts develop on the bottom of your feet. They often appear in clusters and can be painful because they tend to become large and grow inward. The wart may feel like you have a stone in your shoe.
  • Flat Warts: These warts are smaller and smoother compared to other types of warts. However, they grow in large numbers. You may have 20-100 flat warts, often on your forehead, cheeks, arms, and legs.
  • Filiform Warts: Filiform warts look like long threads or spikes. They appear on your face, including around your lips, nose, and eyelids.

When Should I Seek Treatment for Warts?

Warts often go away on their own, but it can take a while and, in the meantime, they affect your appearance, and they’re contagious. Warts pass from one person to the next either through direct contact or by touching an item that came into contact with the virus. For these reasons, many patients don’t wait long to come in and have their warts removed.

You should definitely schedule an appointment at Vanguard Dermatology to have your wart evaluated if it’s painful, changes its appearance, spreads, or goes away and then returns. It’s also a good idea to have your warts examined when a large number suddenly appear.

What are the Treatments for Warts?

The best treatment for your wart depends on the type of wart and its location. Your doctor at Vanguard Dermatology may use one of the following:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Cantharidin
  • Topical creams
  • Surgery
  • Pulsed dye laser
  • Intralesional injection

When you’re ready to get rid of nagging warts, call Vanguard Dermatology or book an appointment online.