What are HPV warts and what treatment is available for Fremont, CA patients?
Posted By Dr. Sunil Dhawan
Patients in Fremont, CA or the surrounding communities who are dealing with warts may be interested in seeking treatment. Warts are caused by HPV, or the "human papillomavirus." These growths can appear anywhere on the skin once it has been contracted. The virus is spread by contact and is contagious.
Treatment for warts
While warts can go away on their own over time, they may be visible and cause embarrassment. Sometimes, if they are on an area of the skin that rubs against clothing, they can become painful. Removal is something that is discussed with dermatologists after an evaluation. There are times when a dermatologist may perform a biopsy on a skin growth to confirm a diagnosis of an HPV wart.
Treatment options available at the Center for Dermatology Cosmetic and Laser Surgery include:
Shave Removal - removal by cutting warts from the skin
Cryotherapy - freezing the warts
Salicylic acid - soften and thin out warts, usually used on the feet
Curettage - scraping of the wart while the patient has local anesthetics administered for comfort
Cantharidin - an ingredient used to blister warts for removal at a later visit
How can I prevent the spreading of warts?
Since warts develop due to a virus, they can be contagious. Patients with warts should not pick at or scratch at them, as this can result in spreading. Individuals who do not have warts should avoid touching them and should take proper precautions when in public places such as locker rooms and public showering facilities by wearing footwear to avoid exposure.
Discuss your wart removal needs with a dedicated professional
Call the team at the Center for Dermatology Cosmetic and Laser Surgery today to book an appointment and undergo an evaluation with our staff. Dr. Sunil Dhawan, Dr. Shurong Chang, Amanda La Pointe, PA, can examine your warts and provide an effective treatment. Call 855-717-1755 to schedule an appointment at our Fremont office located at 2557 Mowry Avenue, Suite 25.