Warts are a common skin condition, but that doesn’t make having them any less bothersome. Warts, which commonly appear on the feet, hands, and fingers, can make you feel uncomfortable. And it may prevent other people from wanting to contact you, for fear of them catching warts, too!
Texas raised and Texas trained dermatologist Dr. Perri, frequently performs wart treatment to rid his patients of these bothersome skin conditions, which are not only something you want to hide from the world but may also become irritated or painful, too.
What Exactly Are Warts?
Warts are benign, usually harmless raised bumps that appear on your skin that are caused by various strains of the human papillomavirus. Warts are caused when tiny, even microscopic, cuts in your skin become infected with this virus. Therefore, warts are highly contagious.
How do You Spot a Wart?
Warts have very unique characteristics from other skin conditions, often making them easy to self-diagnose. These raised bumps frequently cause irritation, redness, and itchiness. They also spread very easily, which is why you should never touch a wart, especially if you have an open wound.
Easy Ways to Stop the Spread of Warts
Since warts are contagious, it’s important that you do everything possible to stop them from spreading before you seek wart treatment. These include:
- Not touching the wart;
- Bandaging the wart, so it doesn’t inadvertently touch or rub against another area of your body; and
- If the wart is on your fingers, don’t bite your fingernails and/or cuticles so that you don’t accidentally spread the wart to other fingers.
Chances are if you have a wart you want it gone as soon as possible. We understand! The good news is that there are several wart treatment options that you can try to rid yourself of this humiliating skin condition for good.
- Performing Wart Treatment at Home
For many residents, their first line of defense against warts is to perform wart treatment at home. There are several over-the-counter solutions for warts. One of the most effective home-based wart treatment solutions is a product called Compound W, and its main ingredient is salicylic acid, Compound W is applied directly to the wart and causes the treated area of skin to peel away, including the wart.
While some warts can be treated at home with Compound W, residents should know that the product does have rare side effects, including lightheadedness, severe skin irritation, hives, and swelling. And, certain patients should never use Compound W, including children or teenagers with the flu, fever, or chicken pox. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should never, under any circumstances, use Compound W.
- Professional Wart Treatment Options
As you can see, even though many warts can be treated at home, home-based wart treatment isn’t for everyone. And, even for those for which Compound W is a possible solution, the product just doesn’t treat all cases of warts. For these reasons, dermatologists like Dr. Perri of Perri Dermatology, provide professional wart treatment.
The most common way that Dr. Perri treats warts for his patients is by performing cryosurgery. While we understand this may sound like a frightening procedure, it isn’t. Cryosurgery is nothing more than treating a wart by applying liquid nitrogen to it with either an applicator or sprayer and then bandaging the area. This is a quick, outpatient procedure that takes about a minute to perform, and no local anesthetic is needed at all, which means there are no needles or scalpels involved.
You should know, though, that depending on your specific case of warts, one treatment of cryosurgery may not be enough to get rid of the wart for good. Depending on your unique case, you may need to come in for cryosurgery every 2 to 4 weeks, and for some patients, treatment may take months to complete.
How Do I Prevent Myself from Catching Warts in the First Place
Many patients have some form of the human papillomavirus in their body, so avoiding warts altogether is impossible. However, there are certain steps you can take to protect yourself from contracting warts. These include:
- Always wear your own socks, shoes and other clothing items. If you must borrow clothes from a family member of friend, make sure you wash them first before wearing them. Also make sure you wash newly purchased clothes before wearing them, because someone with warts may have tried them on before you.
- Never go barefoot in public areas, as your feet are especially susceptible to contracting warts. This includes keeping your feet covered in warm, damp places, where the human papillomavirus can fester. If you shower at the gym, buy a pair of flip flops to shower in, and wear swim shoes in public swimming pools, lakes or other bodies of water.
- If you have a noticeable cut or break in your skin, no matter how small, cover it with a bandage. This will prevent the human papillomavirus from infecting your wound and causing a wart.
- Never borrow someone else’s razor or used towel.
Scheduling Professional Wart Treatment with Dr. Perri
If you have a wart that isn’t responding to home treatment, or you have a condition that prevents you from treating it at home, don’t live with this bothersome, contagious condition.
Call Dr. Perri today to schedule an appointment at his offices in the area at (281) 943-2749.