Warts are a very common virally induced skin condition. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 150 different types of HPV. HPV types 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 27, 28, 41, and 57 are common causes of your classic warts. Clinically they present as rough raised bumps. They commonly affect the hands and feet but can affect nearly any part of the body. While they are most common in kids, adults are often affected as well. The virus is all around and a break in the skin allows it to enter and begin duplicating in your skin.
At S. Albertson Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center we are experts in treating warts. Warts are very stubborn and can be difficult to get rid of. It takes persistence and patience to treat warts effectively. Common treatments include liquid nitrogen and cantharidin. Both of these treatments commonly lead to blistering which helps your body evacuate the virus. We know that warts are a nuisance and we won’t stop until they are completely gone.
Common warts are caused by HPV-1, HPV-2, HPV-4, HPV-27, and HPV-57 subtypes. They commonly affect the fingers, back of the hands, elbows, and knees. Clinically they present as rough bumps with tiny black dots visible on close inspection.
Palmar and plantar warts occur on the palms and soles. They are commonly induced by HPV-1, HPV-2, HPV-4, HPV-27, and HPV-57 subtypes. Clinically they can be quite large and present as thick deep bumps on the palms and soles. Myrmecial warts is a term used to refer to the anthill like appearance of some of these warts on the soles.
Flat warts are caused by HPV-3, HPV-10, HPV-28, and HPV-41 types most commonly. As the name suggests they take more of a flat characteristic clinically. They are smooth, soft, flat-topped bumps that affect the back of the hands and face most commonly. While they are more common in kids, adults can also be affected.
At S. Albertson Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center we know how frustrating warts can be to get rid of. Whether it takes one treatment or more than ten we are committed to helping you eliminate your warts. Warts can be stubborn and persistent but we are just as stubborn and persistent. With in office treatments combined with some home guided therapies we are confident we can treat your warts.