Warts

Most people get a wart at some point in their life. These are benign skin grows that is caused due to an infection on the skin. Though these are harmless, they can be unsightly and bothersome. Warts are contagious and can be spread by skin-to-skin contact or with something that has touched it. Warts are most commonly found on the hands, fingers, and feet. Dr. Krathen can recommend treatment for your wart to stop it from spreading and/or infecting others.

What Causes Warts?

Warts are caused by a strain of human papillomavirus (HPV). It often happens when you come into contact with HPV from others who have it. People with weakened immune systems are more prone to getting warts than others. You can contract HPV from shared towels, clothing, intercourse, and more. It may take a few months for the symptoms to appear.

Symptoms of Warts

  • Rough bumps
  • Black dots
  • Can grow in clusters
  • Can hurt
  • Raised bumps
  • Quick growth

Treatments for Warts

Warts may go away on their own given time. Some minor cases can be treated at home with salicylic acid. If you are experiencing persistent or more severe cases of warts, then an appointment with a dermatologist should be your next step. Dr. Krathen can help recommend the right treatment for you to remove warts. Different wart removal methods are cryotherapy, curettage, surgical excision, and laser treatments. If you have recurring warts, then Dr. Krathen may prescribe some oral or topical medications to help your body fight off the infection.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Krathen offers a range of wart treatments and combinations that can be suited to your unique situation. If you have warts and are seeking a remedy, then come into Essential Dermatology and talk with Dr. Krathen. He is a board-certified dermatologist helping patients from in and around Natick, Ma. To schedule a consultation, call the office or fill out an online form.