Do you suffer from warts? If so, you’re not alone. Nobody is immune to warts, and they can affect nearly anyone who walks this earth. That’s right, individuals of any age and race are susceptible to developing warts at any time during their life. However, there are individuals who are more prone to developing them. Our dermatologists at Azeal can help you find the best treatment option for your warts!

What Are Warts?

Warts are a grainy skin growth that are usually small in size. They often affect areas of the hands, such as the fingers. Commonly, they’re rough to the touch and have small patterns of black dots within them, which are also known as seeds. These are clotted blood vessels and are harmless.

How Do You Get Warts?

Warts are most commonly transmitted by touch. They are caused by a virus, which means young adults and children most frequently are affected by them. Also, people who have weak immune systems tend to develop warts more often than individuals with strong immune systems.

There are many different types of warts that are quite common. These include:

  • Common warts, or verruca vulgaris: these warts are firm, rough, and raised and appear cauliflower-like. These warts are really common on fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, and areas with broken skin.
  • Plantar warts: These are painful warts that appear on the soles of the feet, toes, and heels. The weight of a person’s foot pushes this wart into the foot, causing it to grow into the skin. They normally have a central black dot that is surrounded by hard, white tissue. These warts can be hard to clear.
  • Plane warts, or verruca plana: These warts are flat, round, and smooth and can be brownish, yellowish, or skin colored. They grow in sun-exposed areas and in large numbers. This type of wart is most likely to disappear without treatment.
  • Filiform warts, or verruca filiformis: These are long and thin in shape. They often grow in the armpits, eyelids, and the neck.
  • Mosaic warts: Mosaic warts are plantar warts that grow in large clusters.

What Are The Symptoms of Warts?

Warts usually look the same on all people and are most often the same color as the person’s skin. However, there are some which may look unfamiliar. You can expect to experience symptoms, such as:

  • A small, grainy, and fleshy bump.
  • Usually white, pink, tan, or flesh-colored.
  • Rough to the touch.
  • Commonly have sprinkles of black pinpoints within the wart.

How Are Warts Treated?

There are many different treatment options for warts. Some of these include cryotherapy treatment, salicylic acid prescriptions, surgery, cantharidin, candida antigen shots, and more. The treatment you receive will depend on the severity. Keep in mind that every wart treatment is different for each individual. Our team of experts at Azeal Dermatology Institute can help find the best treatment option for you. Often times, warts will clear up on their own without any treatment and will likely disappear in one to five years. However, there are certain times when you should get medical treatment or see a dermatologist or doctor.

When Should You See a Dermatologist?

If you have a wart that has been on your body for a significant amount of time, it is painful, changes in color or appearance, is bothersome, interferes with daily activities, you have HIV/AIDS or a weakened immune system, it’s important to contact our dermatologists in Boulder. We can help you resolve your wart issues. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online here.