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Warts Specialist

Easton Dermatology Associates

Dermatologists located in Easton, MD & Salisbury, MD

Warts have been vilified for as long as witches and trolls have had a place in the popular imagination. Although their repellant reputation may stem from the fact that they’re contagious, warts aren’t as bad as they’re made out to be. The small, benign skin growths don’t normally cause pain, and they’re highly treatable. The team of providers at Easton Dermatology Associates can diagnose wart problems when they arise, and provide effective treatments to keep them from spreading.

Warts Q & A

What causes warts?

Warts are infectious skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus virus, also known as HPV. Only a few of the more than 100 different types of HPV can cause warts on your hands, while warts on other areas of your body are caused by a different strain of HPV. Warts can grow on anywhere on the body, including inside your mouth.

The main kinds of warts include:

  • Common warts, which usually grow on fingers or the back of your hand
  • Plantar warts, which appear on the soles of your feet
  • Flat warts, which typically appear on your face, forehead, or legs
  • Genital warts, which appear on your genitals and are transmitted sexually

Warts shouldn’t be confused with molluscum, another common skin condition that involves the appearance of 10 to 20 wart-like bumps. These pink or flesh-colored bumps are caused by the poxvirus, and, like warts, are spread through contact.  

How contagious are warts?

Although anyone can get warts, some people are naturally more resistant to the various types of HPV and don’t get them as easily as others. You’re more likely to get warts from someone else if you have a cut or a scrape, or if the wart has been traumatized by picking, scratching, or rubbing. Children and teens are more prone to getting warts, as are people who bite their nails or pick at hangnails.

Skin-to-skin contact isn’t the only way you can get warts. You can also get them from a wet towel that another person’s wart has touched.

How do dermatologists treat warts?

Most warts are harmless, and many will go away on their own, particularly warts on children. It’s important to see a dermatologist if you have a wart that won’t go away or causes you pain, or if you have many warts. Standard wart treatments include:

Cryotherapy: This technique uses liquid nitrogen to freeze off the wart. The treatment isn’t too uncomfortable and is generally well tolerated by adults and older children.

Cantharidin: This treatment involves painting your blister with cantharidin, a solution that causes a blister to form beneath the wart. The dead wart is clipped off about a week later.

Electrosurgery, curettage, or excision: A wart is burned off with electrosurgery, while curettage involves scraping it off. These two methods are often used together. Excision, or cutting the wart out, is another common treatment method.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Easton Dermatology Associates, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs
Johns Hopkins Health
Mutual of Omaha
Priority Partners