Wart Treatment and Removal Procedures in Indianapolis and Carmel
Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology
Wart Treatment & Removal Procedures Indianapolis and Carmel IN
People who have warts are commonly seen by Turkle & Associates board certified dermatologist, Dr. Matt Strausburg. Many people don’t like warts and want them removed. Additionally, parents with children who have warts may be interested in procedures and treatments for wart removal on their child.
We invite you to continue reading for frequently asked questions and more information about warts and how we can help.
What Are Warts?
Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV).
Warts are usually skin-colored and feel rough to the touch, but they can be dark, flat and smooth. The appearance of a wart depends on where it is growing.
What Causes Warts?
Warts are passed from person to person, sometimes indirectly. The time from the first contact to the time the warts have grown large enough to be seen is often several months. The risk of catching hand, foot, or flat warts from another person is small.
Types of Warts & How They Are Treated & Removed
Common warts usually grow on the fingers, around the nails and on the backs of the hands. They are more common where skin has been broken, for example where fingernails are bitten or hangnails picked. These are often called “seed” warts because the blood vessels to the wart produce black dots that look like seeds.
Common warts in young children can be treated at home by their parents by applying salicylic acid gel, solution or plaster on a daily basis.
Warts may also be treated by “painting” with a solution called cantharidin at our office.
For adults and older children cryotherapy (freezing) is generally preferred and electrosurgery (burning) is another good alternative treatment.
Plantar warts, or foot warts, are usually on the bottom of the feet. When plantar warts grow in clusters they are known as mosaic warts. Most plantar warts do not stick up above the surface like common warts because the pressure of walking flattens them and pushes them back into the skin. Like common warts, these warts may have black dots.
Plantar warts can be painful, feeling like a stone in the shoe.
Plantar wart treatments include the use of salicylic acid plasters, applying other chemicals to the wart and electrosurgery (burning).
Plantar warts can also be removed surgically. These surgical wart removal treatments are laser surgery or surgical excision. More information about laser surgery to remove warts can be found further down the page.
Flat warts are smaller and smoother than other warts. They tend to grow in large numbers – 20 to 100 at any one time. They can occur anywhere, but in children they are most common on the face.
Flat warts in adults are often found in the beard area in men and on the legs in women. Irritation from shaving probably accounts for this.
Treatment for flat warts includes cryotherapy (freezing), imiquimod (medicine) or curettage (scraping).
Sometimes it seems as if new warts appear as fast as old ones go away. This may happen because the old warts have shed virus into the surrounding skin before they were treated. In reality new “baby” warts are growing up around the original “mother” warts.
The best way to limit this is to treat new warts as quickly as they develop so they have little time to shed virus into nearby skin.
A check by dermatologist, Matt Strausburg, MD can help assure the treated wart has resolved completely.
More Wart Removal Procedures and Treatments
Laser Therapy Wart Removal
Laser therapy is used to destroy some types of warts. Laser wart removal is more expensive and require the injection of a local anesthesia to numb the area. Laser treatment for wart removal is usually used for resistant warts that have not responded to other therapies.
Injections for Wart Removal
Warts can be injected with an anti-cancer drug called bleomycin. The injections may be painful and can have other side effects.
Warts may also be injected with interferon, a treatment to boost the immune reaction and cause rejection of the wart.
Immunotherapy for Wart Removal
Immunotherapy attempts to use the body’s own rejection system. Several methods of immunotherapy are being used. With one method the patient is made allergic to a certain chemical which is then painted on the wart. A mild allergic reaction occurs around the treated warts, and may result in the disappearance of the warts.
Do You Take Insurance For Wart Removal Procedures or Treatments?
Yes, we do take insurance for wart removal procedures or treatments, however, insurance does not cover non-prescription products or treatments the insurance company feels are not medically necessary. We suggest you contact your plan administrator to determine if we participate with your insurance plan.
Contact Us About Wart Treatments and Removal
If you have more questions about procedures for wart treatments and removal procedures and would like further information, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology by clicking here for our online quick-contact email form or feel free to call us at 317-848-0001.
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