Warts Specialist

Silver Spring Dermatology

Dermatologists & Dermatopathologists located in Silver Spring, MD

Warts are as annoying as they are common. Although not life-threatening, warts can be embarrassing or painful. Luckily, Silver Spring Dermatology’s lead physician, Purnima Sau, MD, helps patients in and around the Silver Spring, Maryland and Washington D.C.-metro area remove their warts by freezing, laser treatment, or over-the-counter medicine. If you have warts that won’t go away, call Silver Spring Dermatology or book an appointment online today.

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Common warts are small skin growths that often appear on your hands and feet but can occur anywhere on the body. They're benign (non-cancerous) growths of bumpy, rough skin that may appear in clusters or have small black pinpoints of clotted blood vessels.  

Warts often disappear on their own, but this natural process could take months or years. Many over-the-counter medicines and home remedies remove warts, but sometimes they're not enough. If a wart is particularly embarrassing, stubborn, or in a painful location such as the bottom of your foot, Dr. Sau can remove it by freezing or laser treatment.

You may experience the following types of warts:

  • Common hand warts
  • Warts beneath and around your nails
  • Plantar warts on the bottoms of your feet
  • Filiform warts that often grow on the face, eyes, and nose

Who gets warts?

Everyone is at risk of getting warts. They’re extremely common in men and women of all ages and skin types, but you may be at greater risk if you fall into one of the following groups:

  • Children and young adults
  • Patients with weakened immune systems
  • People who bite their nails

What causes warts?

More than 100 types of human papillomavirus (HPV) cause warts. These skin growths tend to appear and disappear without obvious causes.

The viruses that cause warts are contagious, so it’s possible to get a wart by touching someone else’s towel. You have a slightly greater risk of getting a wart if your skin gets cut or damaged.

Even though they’re contagious, it’s possible for only one person in a family to have warts. Warts may also spread to other parts of your body, or sprout a tiny cluster of “daughter” warts surrounding the main wart.

How does a dermatologist treat warts?

In most cases, Dr. Sau diagnoses your wart by looking at it. Rarely, she may perform a biopsy to confirm it’s a wart and not another type of skin growth.

After your diagnosis, Dr. Sau discusses the best options for treatment. She may suggest treating your wart with over-the-counter medicine because most go away on their own.

If your warts interfere with your life, Dr. Sau may suggest freezing or a laser treatment with CUTERA’s xeo® laser to remove them. To discuss the best way to remove warts, book your appointment with Silver Spring Dermatology online or by phone today.