Skin warts are raised round or oval growths. They can be lighter or darker than the skin around them. Some warts have tiny black dots in them, often called seeds. Warts can appear alone or in groups that join and form patches.
Skin warts are most common in children and young adults. They are also more common among people with certain jobs, such as handling meat, fish, and poultry. People who have chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, and people with a weakened immune system (e.g., from AIDS or after an organ transplant) may have more extensive warts or warts that are difficult to control.
You can become infected with the virus that causes warts (human papillomavirus) by touching another person’s wart. The virus is more likely to infect skin that is injured or softened by water, but it can infect healthy skin as well. It can take up to six months after exposure to the virus for a wart to appear.
Treatment of warts depends upon where the wart is located and how much it bothers you. Treatment is not necessary in all cases because about two-thirds of skin warts will resolve on their own within two years, without treatment. However, during this time, the wart may enlarge or new warts may appear. In addition, a few small warts are usually easier to treat than multiple larger warts. For these reasons, most people choose to treat skin warts.
Most warts resolve on their own in within 2 years; however, treatment is indicated if lesions cause discomfort or if the patient desires removal for cosmetic reasons. There are many ways to treat warts, and the “best” treatment depends upon your and your healthcare provider’s preferences and any underlying medical problems. Most treatments take several weeks or even months to work, and warts can come back after treatment. You will get a few Lidocaine injections that will sting. This doesn’t take long and you will feel nothing further during the procedure. Removal can be done by excision (cutting) by scalpel, or by freezing using liquid nitrogen.
- * Wart removal typically costs about $190 to $360 total for pulsed dye laser therapy, which usually requires one to three treatments. Wart removal typically costs $610 total for cryotherapy — or, freezing. That includes an initial visit and three to four follow-up treatments.
- Length of Appt.: 15-20 minutes
- Sessions Needed: 1-5 depending upon size and location of the Wart. Multiple treatments are common in wart removal, as it is very common for warts to return after treatment.
- Check Up Appt.: Depends upon size of cyst and need for packing/wound care.
- Medical Clearance Needed: Yes. Must determine the type of skin lesion.
- Other Industry Names for This: Skin Lesion, Cutaneous Wart, Plantar Wart, Verruca Wart, Periungal Wart, Benign Skin Lesion
- Indications: Not everyone needs treatment for warts. Some warts go away on their own within 2 years, however they can also get bigger or spread indicating treatment for removal.
- Contraindications: Infection at the site, Uncontrolled/Unmanaged Chronic illness
- Recovery: After treatment it may take 24-48 hours to feel as though you have not had any treatment. It takes 4-7 days for full healing from wart removal treatment.
- Painful: Treatment will give a stinging sensation and this sensation may persist for 24 hours then resolve.
- Lasts: Warts can come back after treatment.
- Purpose: Excision technique, Shaving or Freezing technique using liquid nitrogen to effectively remove wart resulting in no further site irritation and improved appearance.
- Other Notes: Warts are caused by germs called viruses. You can get infected with the virus that causes warts by touching another person’s wart. You can also get infected by touching objects that have the virus on them. For instance, people can catch warts by walking barefoot around pools, locker rooms, or gyms.