Patients visit the Pierre Skin Care Institute to discuss skin, hair, nail, and body concerns with a board certified dermatologist. This may include the presence of skin tags or lesions such as warts, or molluscum.
When the human papilloma virus (HPV) enters the skin through an injury, it causes a small area of cells to grow quickly causing a wart to form. They tend to grow quickly and multiply and can develop on any part of the body. They are very common among children and teens. Warts are generally harmless; however, they can be uncomfortable or embarrassing depending on their location. There are many types of warts including common warts, plantar warts, genital warts, and flat warts.
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Usually painless, warts may be a cosmetic concern for patients, especially if in a very noticeable area of the body that makes them feel self-conscious. Sometimes they bleed or become sore if they are on the hands, feet, or where clothing rubs, and genital warts can be quite uncomfortable.
Depending on its size and location, your wart may be removed by any of these methods, or a combination plan:
- Freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen.
- Topical medication applied to the wart: “Beetle juice,” salicylic acid, or prescription medications.
- Medication injected into it.
- Surgical excision
Often, multiple treatments are necessary, but fortunately these procedures are brief and well tolerated by most patients. Healing time is minimal for healthy individuals. Be aware, though, that with genital warts, treatment destroys the wart, not the internal virus that causes it. Therefore, warts may come back or appear elsewhere on the body.
Another reason for the development of small bumps on the skin may include molluscum contagiosum. They are the result of a viral infection and are relatively common, particularly in children. They can develop on any part of the body and can also spread from the originating area due to itching and scratching. Typically asymptomatic, this condition will often go away within 12 months but you should seek treatment sooner rather than later because they multiply and are contagious. They can also be cosmetically bothersome and cause significant concern for parents. Treatment options are similar for warts and molluscum.
Thousand Oaks, California area patients ready to work with a board certified dermatologist with the experience to provide a wide range of services are welcome to contact the team at Pierre Skin Care Institute by calling 805.409.4560. Book an appointment to discuss the benefits of comprehensive skin care treatment in a state-of-the-art facility.