Warts are harmless skin growths caused by a virus. They have a rough surface on which tiny dark specks may be seen. They may grow on any part of the body and their appearance depends on their location. Warts in the genital or rectal area have a wet appearance and have been said to look like cauliflower.
What causes warts to form?
We do not know exactly why some people get warts easily while others never get them. There is no way to prevent warts from occurring.
Warts are common. They may bleed if injured. However, they never turn cancerous.
Since warts are caused by a virus, they are slightly contagious. You should not share clothing or linen with someone who has warts. They may spread on the body and seed other areas.
What’s the best way to treat warts effectively?
There is no single perfect way to get rid of warts, since we are unable to kill the virus without killing the cells that the virus has infected. All types of treatment can cause a permanent scar at the site of the wart.
The CO2 laser is the most effective method for treating warts, but it is also the most expensive method.
The treatment used on your warts depends on their location and size, your type of skin, and medical judgment. Your dermatologist will discuss your options with you.
Warts in the genital area require special consideration. Genital warts are not cancerous, however in women they may cause precancerous changes in the cervix. Women with genital warts should have a Pap smear performed by their personal physician or gynecologist.
Men with penile warts should use a condom to prevent transmission of warts to their sexual partners.
Sometimes new warts will form while existing ones are being destroyed. The only thing that can be done is to let them grow large enough to be seen.
No matter what treatment is used, warts occasionally fail to disappear. They may also return weeks or months after an apparent cure. Do not become concerned if a wart recurs. Make an appointment with your dermatologist and the treatment will be repeated, or a different method will be used to destroy the wart.
How much does wart removal cost?
There is no guaranteed treatment method available for the removal of warts. Even laser surgery which is the most effective method is not 100% effective.
The treatments may be time consuming and require multiple visits to the office. It can also be expensive. You will be charged each time you come into the office to have the warts treated.
There is no guarantee that even after multiple treatment sessions that the warts will be successfully removed. The treated areas may develop new lesions further complicating treatment.