Most of us are familiar with warts, but may not know much about them in practice. Sometimes it can be hard to identify whether the growth we're concerned about is indeed a wart or not. Over-the-counter and at-home removal methods may not be as effective as desired and some carry inherent risks if they're not appropriately performed. So it's always a good idea to turn to a dermatologist to learn about the possible treatment options, which will vary depending on the type of wart. Learn more by contacting the professionals of Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons in Mt. Arlington, Bridgewater, Morristown, NJ.
An important thing to know about warts is that they are typically harmless and many will simply go away all on their own. But this can take time and although are often merely unsightly they can also be itchy and sometimes even painful.
Warts occur as a result of contracting a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and they can spread by contact. So it's important to leave the wart alone, to not touch it, or let others do so. Picking at it may worsen the problem.
Over-the-counter products can often treat mild conditions but you should still check in with your dermatologist to be completely sure that what you're treating is indeed a wart, or if the growth is painful or is in an area where it impedes certain physical activities. Or if you just want to be sure that you'll be rid of it.
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Your dermatologist will first verify that the growth is indeed a wart and then may prescribe either topical medication as a conservative treatment. But they can also employ elements such as acids and freezing therapy, or even surgically remove it if necessary. What type of treatment will depend on a variety of factors so it's important to come into the office.
Schedule a consultation today with your local experts of Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons in Mt. Arlington, Bridgewater, Morristown, NJ, by dialing 973-267-0300.