Warts — Causes and Treatments
Dr. Elizabeth Springer, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, practices at Duneland Dermatology, located in Chesterton, Indiana. Among other skin conditions, Dr. Elizabeth Springer treats patients for warts.
Warts are abnormal skin growths of viral origin. The virus that causes warts belongs to the human papillomavirus (HPV) family and can affect any part of the body, including the genitals. There are more than 100 types of this virus.
People may develop warts directly from skin-to-skin contact or indirectly from shared objects. The virus may spread from the initial site to other parts of the body, particularly if the patient touches or shaves over his or her own warts.
Because of their contagious nature, and because warts may be unsightly and can become painful, they should be treated. Patients may choose over-the-counter remedies for non-genital warts, though physicians can typically provide stronger and quicker-acting treatments. These include liquid nitrogen, which freezes the wart, and prescription therapies.