Wart Removal

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City Care Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Murray Hill, New York, NY

Although warts don’t pose any serious health risk, their appearance can be anything but welcome. These growths are not only unsightly, they can also cause discomfort, depending upon their location. To rid yourself of warts, once and for all, call on the expertise of the medical experts City Care Family Practice in Murray Hill on the east side of Manhattan, New York. For expert wart removal, call to make an appointment, or use the online scheduling tool.

Wart Removal Q & A

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What are warts?

Warts are benign (noncancerous) growths that appear on the surface of your skin, typically on your hands, face, and feet. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which infects your skin, causing extra skin cell growth on the surface.

Since warts are caused by HPV, they are contagious, which means they should be dealt with promptly.

What are the different types of warts?

There are many different types of the HPV virus, which lead to a few different types of warts, and they are:

Common warts

Common warts are generally skin-colored lumps that appear first on your fingers and hands. The reason these warts can sometimes be found on the face is that they can spread from your hands through biting your nails or because of hangnails, both of which are common among children. The growths themselves are often rough and lumpy and some have a black dot in the center called a seed.

Plantar warts

This type of wart is found on your feet, usually on the soles. Plantar warts typically grow in clusters and many can grow inward, causing discomfort as you walk. Most plantar warts have a black dot in the center, which is a broken blood vessel.

Flat warts

Flat warts are flatter, smaller, and smoother than common warts and usually appear in groups of 20-100. Women usually get flat warts on their legs, while men tend to develop them on their face in the beard area.

There’s a more severe form of warts called filiform warts, which grow incredibly quickly on the face and hands and are usually a result of a weakened immune system.

How are warts removed?

Your medical provider at City Care Family Practice removes your warts using any one of several techniques, including:

  • Cryotherapy,  involves freezing the lesion using liquid nitrogen. The procedure takes only a few minutes
  • Cantharidin, which causes a blister to form underneath, killing the wart
  • Electrosurgery and curettage to burn and scrape the wart
  • Excision

It’s important to note that there’s no cure for warts, so you have to treat them as they appear. After you’ve had your wart removed, it may return, in which case you simply return to City Care Family Practice. For other patients, all it takes is one treatment.

If you want to get rid of unsightly or uncomfortable warts, call City Care Family Practice, or schedule an appointment using the convenient online booking tool.

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