How Are Warts Treated?

Treatment of warts

Warts … anyone can get them, but most commonly, children and teens are predominately affected. Caused by a virus, warts are rough, bumpy growths that can appear anywhere on the skin. There are many types of warts such as common warts, genital warts, flat warts and plantar warts. Warts can spread from person to person and while generally harmless, treatment is recommended if they are uncomfortable, unsightly or numerous. Because warts are contagious, treatment will also prevent spread from person to person. In time, the body can fight off the virus causing the warts, but this can be a long, slow process. Treatment can result in a much faster resolution.

There are many treatment options available including over the counter topical creams and bandages, and there are also “freeze away” or “freeze off” kits. Many of these options might be effective for smaller warts, however, we recommend treatment by a Dermatologist if warts are persistent, enlarging or spreading.

Cryotherapy – liquid nitrogen is applied to the skin and a blister forms. In a few days the blister will peel away taking the wart away with it.

Cantharidin – a blistering agent in the form of liquid. The advantage is that there is no pain.

Candida Antigen – the doctor injects small amounts of Candidal (yeast) antigen into the warts. The idea is your immune system will fight the candidal (yeast) antigen, which will help your immune system recognize and fight the warts as well.

Topical Treatments – topical creams and gels might be used. These agents are often complementary to one of the destructive procedures.

For more information on how this can help your skin, schedule an appointment on our website or give our office a call at 203-538-5682.